New technologies of the future will usher in a whole new way of life: we will live in floating cities, fly to work and travel in cars capable of operating underwater. The education that people are pursuing and the new grounds that they are entering in their fields of IT, software and sciences, to name a few, will inevitably lead to new ideas and new ways of working. By expensive anti-aging technology I mean any technology that increases the human lifespan, but can only be afforded by a relatively tiny part of the human population.
One challenge we will see in the future is robotic systems going out and killing entire human armies, then we will see a global agreement to ban it because human populations will demand that. Advancements in technology have always posed the risk of creating machines that do the jobs of humans.
In her talk Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino will contextualise the internet of things and explain why it matters to the maker community to push their ideas beyond a prototype. The robot in the picture below is the prototype made by a company based in California that aims at combining robotics and image-analysis technology so then it can find a good vein in your arm and also draw your blood.
Plans and strategies with longer time horizons that specifically attempt to anticipate possible future events are definitely part of the field. Our senior designers take the approved (by you, written by us) design brief, go off, brainstorm ideas and start putting together concepts with loads of attention-grabbing ideas for both design and functionality.
The future for USB is the USB 3.0 standard that will work at 4.8 gbps, ten times the current rate. Thornburg (2008) describes increasing returns as two innovations that hit the market at about the same time but by chance, one technology stays locked in and drives the other to extinction.