Greg Satell, writing in Business Insider, speculates what the next decade of technological advancement will look like.
Over the past five years there has obviously been a huge shift toward mobile, and the internet of things, the latter of which he describes as a series of devices with many sensors that act independently and intelligently.
Satell also outlines some of the more predominant "laws of technology" that we use to base our predictions. Moore's law says that CPU speed doubles every eighteen months. Kryder's law states that storage doubles every twelve months. Nielsen's law predicts that effective bandwidth doubles every twenty-one months.
Kaku's caveman law is arguably the most interesting. While the first three are debatable (with regard to timeframe), the third is more an example of the human experience.
Whenever there is a conflict between modern technology and the desires or our primitive ancestors, these primitive desires win each time.
It is this last law, riding the wave of the previous three, that will drive the next decade of technology. Our devices will become not only vastly more powerful, but also more natural and eventually disappear altogether. Effective computing will become less dependent on expertise and more a function of desire.
The author is not the first to point out that we are in a new industrial revolution, "where the informational content of manufactured goods is becoming more valuable than the physical content." 3D printing is an obvious example, as it empowers the average person to make their own goods, and enables small operations to create cheap prototypes.
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