Yes, you read that title right. Despite the seemingly breakneck speed by which current technology seems to evolve, it simply isn’t fast enough for our expectations. Make no mistake, however—technology is advancing slowly but surely, and while what we have now is a far cry from what the sci-fi version of our universe has already achieved, we’re reaching newer and newer heights.
Connectivity Powers Convergence
The lynchpin of our modern technology is connectivity. Today, we are all empowered by the Internet, no matter which platform we choose or prefer to access it from. You’ve got your standard line connections, high-speed broadband, cable, and even mobile Internet connectivity. We currently have no excuse not to get access to vast amounts of information at breakneck speed.
Being able to exchange information and ideas practically instantaneously makes convergence possible. Mobile teams located across the globe can now seamlessly communicate with each other through free online services such as Skype or dedicated service providers such as RingCentral. With the proper mobile services in place, wireless access facilitates the transmission and reception of all sorts of information regardless of distance and other conditions.
At the moment, our appliance stores are full of WiFi-connected televisions and refrigerators. Our mobile gadgets are designed to handle our multimedia needs as well as to perform productivity functions, with actual telephony taking a backseat to a bunch of other features. All these go together to indicate the convergence of technology.
It’s not just with computing that we see evidence of rapid technological advancement. If you’ve been following the news recently, you may have seen something called a Kurata, 13-foot, 4-ton robot that’s controlled by—drumroll—an iPhone. It’s practically a humanoid body on four wheels, and roughly costs a cool $1.3 million. These kinds of things are usually reserved for epic summer blockbusters or hit anime series. The future is upon us, folks—but it’ll take some time to polish and perfect.
Sustained Technological Evolution
From a casual observer’s standpoint, the rate at which our technology evolves is definitely fast. Year over year, we’ve gone from 1GHz processors on mobiles to dual-core units, and now we have quad-core powerhouses. It’s become expected of manufacturers to double what was considered the top specs the previous year; otherwise, the flagship devices fall short when it comes to public opinion and sometimes the perceived lack of improvements are deal-breakers for consumers.
While we’re experiencing that rapid evolution right now, it’s hard to see the rate being sustained for a long, long time. The various industries can only support this kind of growth for a certain amount of time, and surely the rate is bound to slow down some in the next few years.
Technology is becoming more and more integrated into the day-to-day activities of people. From social media to cloud-based tools, several aspects of our lives are constantly facilitated by technology. There might even appear to be a dependence on technology. This is best exemplified by that someone you know who totally freaked out when his or her Internet connection suddenly went down, or that random guy ranting about how Twitter is down, for example.
Things are coming along slowly but surely. Heck, we’ve put something on the surface of Mars already, and some pioneers are already thinking of putting a man on the red planet sometime within the next 15 years. Ideas are in motion, and before long, the sci-fi wonderland we’ve imagined—no matter how diverse, no matter how different—might become our reality.