This past year has been one of upheaval and rethinking how a person wants to interact with technology. The NSA's leaked documents, new product entries from Google Glass to drones are defining the way we look toward the future according to a report in the New York Times today.
Since the Computer Electronics Association (CEA) published its “Five Tech Trends to Watch” last October the media has been flooded with trends for the future to watch. A resounding tread continues in the technology arena in the subjects of drones and robots are ‘in’ along with driverless cars and the Internet of Things.
The subject of driverless cars brings some hesitancy to nearly two-thirds the population at 62 percent in the category with only a high school education according to the Pew Research report cited. College graduates were more willingly to take a ride at 59 percent of the survey group. Geography played a part if you were in the city, you had more interest in a driverless car than the country inhabitant.
Frog, a global product and design firm cited its top fifteen technology trends for you to view and answer with your response. Anonymity is at the top due to the NSA leaks, privacy debates and introduction of digital products to control the home environment but how does one insure that you maintain control.
The Harris Poll in March had a response of 47 percent of adults changed their behavior and became more careful about online activity and 26 percent of the respondents modified their online interaction by reducing shopping and banking. Overall, all age group categories maintained modification to caution.
Robots are topping everyone’s lists besides Frog. The Pew report listed drones will be helpers for the elderly or disabled, energy conservation for delivery of packages, and extended traveling drones, which align with Mark Zuckerberg’s plan for the connectivity of the world of billions of people not on the Internet today. Visions for drones which have been viewed as a military use or police tool for watching potential criminal or terrorist acts have moved to the everyday world of friendly use for life enhancement.
There is concern, however for the use of drones whether for elderly assist or flying across space for commercial or private use. It is the privacy issue that is now prevalent since last year for 63 percent of the respondents and drones could make matters worse. The concern for 65 percent of the respondents was that elder care would not be a secure method as a primary caregiver with a robot.
You will not be alone with robots and drones or a car to drive you to your desired destination but time alone will become an issue. Frog lists in its trend report survey that people will want to disconnect from gadgets and step into a world of quiet that would be a designated place of an upgraded library. There will be dark zones removed from Internet and gadget access in one's own home. More time spent seeking nature will be a demand.
The Chinese have WeChat which has group chat, messaging and a truly developed format of integration will rival financial and enterprise systems. With a user base of 300 hundred million people on it, WeChat may give China rule over the Internet and much more to predict that WeChat will surpass Facebook.
People according to the Pew summary report have a positive view looking to the future and using technology to enhance their life experience in personal travel augmented by driverless and flying type vehicles, longevity due to improved medical advancements and the desire to enjoy it all longer. Technology brings the science fiction and the Jetsons into the very near future.