How much is Digital Technology changing the way we live?
After reading an interesting blog post by Futurist Thomas Frey I am totally astounded by the fact that the future is NOW! Think about this… Back in 2010 the sale of mobile devices officially exceeded the sale of desktop personal computers and sometime in 2013 the number of mobile devices in use will exceed the total number of desktop personal computers. So what does that mean exactly? Well now rather than having closets full of CDs, and Movie DVD’s we can have our entire entertainment library hosted in the cloud and retrieve it whenever we want from our mobile device. We can’t get lost anymore as the GPS on our phone not only knows where we are but it can tell us how to get where we want to go. It won’t be very long before we won’t need our wallet as smart phones are able to transfer cash to cover our purchases. In fact the day is fast approaching where we can walk out the door with only our clothes and our smart phone and have everything we need to be functional all day.
3D printers or rapid prototyping machines as they are also known as are quickly becoming affordable. A search on the internet reveals this home model for less than $1300! My first home computer cost quite a bit more than that. Our local college has purchased a 3D printer and made it available to industry in our region so I am familiar with the possibilities. Just imagine instead of spending countless hours searching the planet for something we want (which is amazing all in itself) soon we will be able to create whatever we want almost as fast as we can dream it up. You can’t get much more productive than that.
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Posted on December 11, 2012, in digital technology, future of business, productivity and tagged 3D printing, Mobile device, Rapid prototyping, Smartphone, Technology. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.