by Francis Gideon Tagnong & Divine Angela Serag
How often do you send out hardcopy postcards today?
Our answers to that question would be an accurate reflection of our current modern time and age. In a timespan of just one decade, communication has evolved more rapidly than our capacity to adapt to it. From growing up with antenna TVs and snail mail, society now stands in the age of satellite dishes and text messaging. Today, very few of us go outside the confines of our own home without our electronic devices. Social media apps allow us to broadcast our moments while we’re actually living them. In this sense, our moments no longer only belong to us but to all the people in touch with our profiles. (Video, 2004)
When people think of the future, they think of robots. In our opinion, robots will merely have relatively small value fifty years from now. There would be no use for humanoid machines when an artificial intelligence system manages your household. In light of this, our prediction for the future includes the taking over of virtual reality with neurotransmitter devices. Simple tasks such as calling or messaging can be done with just a thought process. No hand gestures, no voice commands – just merely brain signals that manifests a virtual interface.
This prediction stems from the fact that the current technological trends aspire for convenience and hands-free advancements. In basic terms, society’s adaptation aims for wireless connectivity in all aspects of our lives. We are decades away from such technology, but if nanotechnology were to advance in greater heights, it is not a distant reality. Scientists are currently working on technology that uses brain signals to directly communicate with each other, through implants that mirror the concept of telepathy. (Strickland)
The evolution of technology progresses at a rate that our human minds cannot simply comprehend. Every year, an array of new technology is being released. Case in point, it may turn out that our predictions don’t even scratch the surface. Only time will tell.
Strickland, J. (n.d.). What is the future of communication? Retrieved from How Stuff Works: https://electronics.howstuffworks.com
Video, V. (2004, November). Future of Communication. Retrieved from Future For All: https://www.futureforall.org