Into the Future: Communications

2011 ,    »  -   9 Comments
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Into the Future: Communications

Remember the phone booth, the home telephone or the pager? They may seem hopelessly antiquated now, but they were our key means of communication just a few short years ago. As technology has evolved, so have we. Today, nearly every person on the street can be seen texting or talking on their cellphone. These inventions have done nothing less than redefine our culture. But is this a case of too much of a good thing?

Into the Future: Communications examines the communication breakthroughs that still await us, and questions what they might mean for our society at large. The research and development of these highly advanced technological marvels are especially robust in Asia, where teams of talented designers are hard at work in places like Taiwan, Singapore, Korea and Japan.

Interactive interfaces will allow us to communicate, dance, and play games with a virtual partner who will respond to our actions and behaviors as seamlessly as a flesh and blood human being. The possibilities in this emerging technology is undeniably exciting, but at what cost? Will virtual companionship serve as a replacement for actual human interaction? In one sense, we enjoy a greater global connectivity than ever before. In another, we've never before been more isolated and encapsulated from the human world outside the comforts of our computer, television and smart phone monitors. Therein lies the eternal and unavoidable conflict inherent in many of our modern technological innovations.

That being said, much of the work that's currently underway to bring these new communication advances to fruition carry within them the promise of a better tomorrow. In Japan, interactive technologies dissolve the communication barriers between thousands of different languages, and does so in real time. Other applications could provide additional access to countless educational opportunities for students around the world.

From game play to improved mobile devices to super-realistic humanoid robots, Into the Future: Communications shows us the brave new world that lies just around the corner, and asks a series of searing questions regarding whether or not the human species is prepared to evolve at the same pace as its technology.

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9 Comments / User Reviews

  1. dmxi

    "Future: Communications shows us the -brave new world- that lies
    just around the corner, and asks a series of searing questions regarding
    whether or not the human species is prepared to evolve at the same pace
    as its technology."

    those questions have been answered by two authors with incredible
    premonition:huxley & orwell.....both sketching the overall
    possibilities without sourly blaming specific technological advances,if
    memory doesn't betray me.

    -the disillusioned-

  2. Phred Blunt

    I believe that the latest 'technologies' are bringing about self-enslavement to the system.

    Those of us who do not own televisions, radios, mobile phones, micro-wave ovens (heaters), who are not into 'social' media (or Main Sewer News) are likely to be the only 'free' people on the planet; especially if you avoid the debt trap.

    The closer you live to Nature, the more likely you are to survive.

  3. Dave Ace

    They certainly portrayed a version of the possible techno future. On a more positive side, and certainly one more in tune with advances in science/philosophy, I like to read of the very possible future tech described by authors such as Greg Bear (Eon, Eternity). ;)

  4. MaryBCollins

    well $aid

  5. Pysmythe

    I'm certainly very far from a luddite... Generally, you'll find me among the very first to hail as a positive all the impressive advances of science. However, we have evolved to be social creatures, meant to interact face to face as much as possible. Don't misunderstand me, tapping out my words here on a keyboard... The irony isn't lost on me. Nevertheless, I think it a poor substitute for that face to face, and, for my part, I think I will long prefer the meeting of souls manifest in no better way than by eye to eye contact.

  6. dmxi

    totally agree with you,mate,it's more the pushing of a shallow culture
    than culture pushing towards own betterment for 'all' sentient beings,if
    you will.
    on a side note:i'm a great fan of Ned Ludd....hope he add's me on 'facefook'!
    -the smirking luddite-

  7. Maxine Godfrey

    also not a luddite, but not a junkie, either. my cellphone is useful, and that's all. but it IS very useful. not a texter, not a chatter. just a user.

  8. oQ

    eye to eye is still possible with the internet, it is the hand to hand that is losing a firm shake.

  9. David Harding

    Technological advancement need not mean that you cannot step out into the garden.

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