The rate of technological advancement is increasing exponentially. With the proliferation of smart devices, the increasing resolution of the images/sounds we share, and the widespread adoption of the Web, the way we are living is irrevocably shifting through data, connectivity, and collaboration tools. Four of the most profound shifts are detailed below:
With technologies starting with the Nintendo 3DS, moving to upcoming devices such as Google Glass, Oculus Rift, and the mindblowing Microsoft Hololens, our sense of reality is going through a massive shift. The line between the “real” physical world, and the virtual worlds built from data viewed through our technology devices, is being blurred in what is known as augmented reality. From holographic images of our friends and colleagues generated in front of us, to data-driven pop-ups that can appear on our glasses wherever we turn, there is less of a divide between what is real, and what is information. We are stepping into a world that is a complete juxtaposition of data, images, and physical reality.
While the concerns for privacy are obvious, pervasive, and won’t go anywhere, we are entering an age where personal details, including preferences, opinions, feelings, and perspectives, are embedded within the lifestyle options and choices presented to us at every turn. Habit monitoring tools, augmented by health bands and smart watches such as Jawbone, BASIS, or the Apple Watch, will help us keep in line with our exercise, productivity, relationship, and meditation goals as well. This can lead to devices knowing what our daily routines are, our daily challenges, and what solutions/tools can help us navigate through a variety of life situations customized for precisely who we are.