Emerging Technology

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Things are changing at a rate unprecedented in human history.

Consider this. My son Zac is nine years old. I was telling him the other day, when I grew up (not that long ago!) there was no internet, no mobile phones, no wifi, and no Pokemon Go. The look on his face said it all! How quickly we get comfortable with new technologies.

Consider the following graph showing Adoption Rates of Consume Technologies in the USA from 1900 to 2010. In 2007 Apple released the first real “Smartphone” the iPhone. The smartphone’s growth is displayed here with the near vertical line on the right hand side. A 90% market penetration in a decade! Not bad!

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Ok, so we’ve set the scene.By 2017, over a third of the world’s population is projected to own a smartphone, an estimated total of almost 2.6 billion smartphone users in the world. https://www.statista.com/topics/840/smartphones/

Drone Swarms. Smart Dust. Graphene. IoE. 3DP. Singularity. Transhumanism. The list is endless and becomes more unbelievable the deeper you dig. As Damien Broderick outlined in his excellent 1997 book The Spike: Accelerating into the Unimaginable Future outlines, technology is speeding up. Fast. For those with a thirst for next-generation technology, read this book’s synopsis written by Google’s “Leading Futurist” and Director of Engineering Ray Kurzweil here.

Drone Swarms. Smart Dust. Graphene. IoE. 3DP. Singularity. Transhumanism. The list is endless and becomes more unbelievable the deeper you dig. As Damien Broderick outlined in his excellent 1997 book The Spike: Accelerating into the Unimaginable Future outlines, technology is speeding up. Fast. For those with a thirst for next-generation technology, read this book’s synopsis written by Google’s “Leading Futurist” and Director of Engineering Ray Kurzweil here.

So, are you ready for the future? Are you ready for the instant digital global penetration of next-generation technology. My feeling, is that you should be!

What are your thoughts on where this technological progression is taking us?