Future of Communication Media

“Tomorrow’s world: A guide to the next 150 years,” is the title of the info graphic and it basically is a timeline for the next 150 years  and “predictions made by scientists, politicians, journalists, bloggers and other assorted pundits in recent years about the shape of the world from 2013 to 2150” (BBC). I think what is interesting though about this info graphic is how it is set up because it has different color coded predictions based on things like technology, business, science, computing and robotics, and, society. BBC FUTURE_non-editable-flat

It is about IBM’s vision for the future of technologies like computers or phones and how they will be able to use the five senses touch, taste, sight, hearing, and smell.  In the article it goes through each of the five senses and how things like computers will be changed and what will be the benefits to us, the users. Which I know has been something that people have been talking about for quite some time on how to break the barriers of like a computer or phone screen to make these technologies interactive.

But I think the craziest thing is that IBM is predicting that these technologies that will have the interactive ability to be her by the year 2018, which is in just five years!!! Crazy to think that their is a possibility of some of these inventions etc. could potentially come true. I know some of the predictions or inventions may seem a little out there or not possible at all but I think that is part of the fun of making these predictions and why we do it. To see what is really going to come true, how far out there are we willing to think.

The predictions are put onto one of two sides based on either how likely or not likely the predictions are to come true. What I think really caught my eye though was how with certain predictions that are given they link to it either leading to a dystopia or a utopia. Mentions of a utopia made me think of the Langdon Winner piece “Mythinformation.” Some of the predictions made in the info graphic line up with the utopian promises in the new age that Winner talks about in the article such a interactive aspect of technology and things that make our lives easier like electronic banking.

-Stephanie Benner


3 thoughts on “Future of Communication Media

  1. This has been one of my favorite posts of any I have seen. I saved this picture and showed it to all of my family over Easter break. It was interesting to see the reactions of different generations. My super conservative grandparents said all of it was ridiculous and there is no need for any of these, while my younger sister said she already thought some of these existed. I am eager to see which inventions actually happen, and what effects they might have on our society (culturally and economically).
    -Grace Marlette

  2. I still can’t believe that IBM is predicting that these inventions will happen within the next 5 years. It will be interesting to see which ones gain popularity versus those that do not. Each generation is going to have a different reaction to these technologies because of what they are previously used to. This hones into the concept of media archeology, which speaks to how previous technologies effect the reactions of present cultures. The effects that these new technologies will have on our society will be interesting to monitor.
    Meredith Adkins

  3. What a visually appealing timeline! I have always found it so interesting how people are able to predict the future to a certain degree. As for the accepted digital currency by 2014, we already have something very similar that people use through sites such as Amazon and eBay. This is PayPal and people all over the world are using it to make purchases on these sites. I will not be surprised if this translates to even more methods of payment to make international commerce that much easier!

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