August 3rd, 2008
When looking at the latest technologies to come down the pike, I was having difficulty finding that new thing to talk about. While spending some time reviewing the latest technology press, I began to notice that the discussion has not really changed that much. We continue to discuss how to manage business and personal data on computer infrastructure that hasn't really changed that much fundamentally. While we are doing more things with technology, like mobile computing, Internet connectivity, and new forms of gaming, people in the US, Europe, China, etc. are using computers for pretty much the same thing. We just want it faster and more efficient.
Then it hit me that the evolution of technology's role in the world is going to be the next big change. Of the 6 billion people in the world, less than 1 billion are using some form of computer technology. Go even further with some of the basic forms of technology, such as water distribution, electricity, healthcare and you begin to realize that a large portion of those 5 billion people haven't been exposed to advances in those areas as well.
In an expanding global economy, brought on by the advancements in Internet technology which makes the world smaller, the new role of technology will be to bring the entire world the advancements that only a few societies have prospered in.
You already see the movement in this direction by all the major players, such as Microsoft, DELL, Google and others.
There are many ways that the newest forms of technology will impact the globe, but let's just take one example:
What's next with technology? Technology for everybody.
We are already seeing the effects of this. 120 nations around the globe reported economic growth over the past 2 years. Nations that have been suffering for years in stalled economies.
In the US and other modern civilizations, technology will continue to play the same role as in the past. Faster, sleeker, and cooler. It will continue to bring a daily buzz. Just take a moment to consider that while the technology is making your life a little bit easier and efficient, the advancements that are coming down the pike are going to have an impact greater than any of us can imagine. Our demand for newer and faster technology is driving the industry to find new ways to do things, which in turn are going to improve the standard of living for those not on the grid today. It should be a wild adventure, one which will be a pleasure to watch evolve.