PROJECTIONS IN RELATION TO THE ONGOING TRENDS
There exists a thin line between computer technology and magic. Since the invention of the transistor, there have been emergence of devices that have changed the life of human beings on this small blue planet. From touch screens called magical walls, to wireless communications, that enables you to talk to people out of your vicinity, to GPS tracking, just to mention a few.
Various sectors have embraced computer technology, some of which no one could think computer applications could come in handy. Such sectors include the medical sectors and automobile sectors. In the recent past, medical laboratories used on and off led lights to display results and blade surgery. In recent times, LED and LCD display screens have replaced on and off lights and laser beam have replaced blade surgery.
Gradually a good number of sectors that are developing something new at every sunrise have completely embraced computer technology. In relation to the ongoing trends, the size of computer is been minimized and made more efficient through chip technology. This in turn has resulted to smaller and even more efficient devices.
In recent times, there has been embedment of the reduced computer sizes in many devices. A mobile company has already introduced to the market a phone having an Intel chip core, which is a processor used in desktop and laptop computers. This have resulted to emergence of gadgets and devices that are more efficient as, or, more than their preceding large computers despite of their small sizes.
The reduction of computers is paving way to nanotechnology. A nano is a billionth of a meter and in such a space, atomic electronic components and circuitry can be put together to form chip. With nano technology, manufacturing of pinhead-sized circuitry chips with great capabilities and capacities is possible. This are referred to as zero sized intelligence devices. Zero sized intelligence devices are atom sized supercomputers that appear invisible to the naked eye.
In the late 90’s and early 20’s only computers were known to have the ability to browse the internet. Then came the phones, iPods and lately, even digital cameras are internet enabled. With this trend, future gadgets such as watches will be internet enabled and will have communication abilities.
In future tracking systems will be more efficient and complicated than in recent times. An identification machine that scans the entire body of a person, to authorize access into building, will be embedded in CCTV surveillance cameras. This will increase tracking and security systems efficiency since creation of a special database for such purposes is possible. In such a scenario, a street surveillance camera will capture am image of a person walking on the streets and immediately displays the name of that person and details of the person such as address and residence information, retrieved from the database.
Display technologies have enabled flexible transparent and virtual screens. With this technology, accessories and gadgets such ATM cards will have the ability to display transaction information without necessarily visiting the bank ATM. With this description, I can see your mind picturing an image of a phone sized ATM card. That is not the case. Am referring to the same size of a normal ATM card.travel tickets and passports will embrace the same technology. Shops will have transparent windows that are actually screens that display video adverts. Do not forget hologram technology where one can see an image of a person or an object coming out of “nowhere”.
With sound recognition technology, such as Siri, future computer technology will result to a universal translator. A universal translator will enable users of different languages to understand each other. In such a scenario, a person can talk in Chinese to an audience who does not understand Chinese and a translator device enables them to understand what the speaker has said in their own, or one common language.
Another sector where computer technology is gradually craving in is the automobile industry. Computer devices installed in vehicles systems auto check performance and malfunctions. In recent times, the uses of GPS tracking systems have resulted to vehicles that auto drive themselves to target destinations. In future, following these trends, vehicles will completely auto drive themselves maybe like missiles. In such scenarios, a person can schedule his or her car to take-to-take him or her to work, automatically sends the car back home and when evening sets, the car automatically comes to pick him or her from work.
This will reduce parking costs and space not forgetting traffic avoidance due to precision driving.
The advent to have super humans on planet earth will see computer technology, biomedical engineering, and robotics integrated together. These will results to super robots that are a copycat of human beings. These robots will replace the delivery person since they will be efficient and time keepers. In future, human beings and robots will walk the same streets and it will be difficult to distinguish between the two unless by use if special devices. These robots will be used in disaster rescues and crime curbing.
In decades to come, all the events in films and predictions that are termed as fiction will dawn to be a reality in generations to come.
It may take another series of Britannica or Americana encyclopedias, if I were to record all the possible projections and predictions of future computer technology. With these brief explanations, it is now easy to create a futuristic mental picture, for those who underestimated the power of computer technology.
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