As we stare down the barrel of a new year, and a new decade, one cannot help but wonder what the future holds for us. When you look back on the past ten years from a technology perspective, things have changed quite a bit (as you would expect), and this rate of change seems to only be increasing.
Take, for example, the number of people using computers. Even in a recession, the numbers grow – seemingly without limit. But it is not just how many computers there are now out in the marketplace, but the plethora of other devices and ways for accessing technology playgrounds like the internet. Cellphones, smartphones, PDAs, netbooks, nettops, ebooks – it looks like we are only limited by the nouns we can smash together and acronyms we can create!
This increasing saturation of technology looks set to continue as the trends point to even more ubiquitous internet availability – whether we like it or not. So, where will things be in 2019? Well, it really is anyone’s guess, but if you would like one company’s take on things, check out this “visioning” video by Microsoft Research. The video shows a possible future where schoolchildren, business people and families all interact seamlessly with some pretty cool interfaces.
While it is all pretty sci-fi at the moment, ten years ago the idea of doing half of what we can now do with an iPhone was pretty farfetched too. The message in all of this? It does not look like technology is going away and as it becomes further intertwined with our lives, if we are to continue to spread the Good News of Christ in a way that is relevant and powerful, we’d do well to keep one eye on possible technology future states…lest we get left behind!