I often wonder what it would be like if we could bring Abraham Lincoln back from the grave (not in zombie form), and turn him loose in Washington D.C. or New York City. How would he view our world? In the times of Lincoln, much later actually, novelists like Jules Verne described what their idea of the future might look like. Certainly, Verne believed that this future was far beyond his lifetime, because he could not even imagine a Newscast being any closer than the year 2889 (8 Jules verne inventions that came true, 2011). Verne (2011) described, “Instead of being printed, the Earth Chronicle is every morning spoken to subscribers, who, from interesting conversations with reporters, statesmen and scientists, learn the news of the day.” A mere 30 years later in 1920 the vision of Verne came to life (8 Jules verne inventions that came true, 2011).
Looking back at our past, we can see that wild ideas and lofty dreams are not merely relegated to science fiction, but advancing technology has made them realities. Rockets to the Moon, rovers on Mars, the ability to spy from space, all fictional ponderings of the past made reality today. The question today is not, “can our imaginative dreams come true,” but “when will our ideas become reality.”
The Changing Face of Reality
The revolving possibilities of technology have not only made the Internet possible, but it has fueled a race to find new and improved ways to use it to our advantage. Smartphones have now become standalone computers, cameras, camcorders, and personal assistance all in one hand held mobile device (How technology has changed in our lives in the last five years, 2014). Technology is constantly reinventing itself. Google tells us that one day a pair of glasses will allow us to wear our computers on our face and put the picture anywhere we want it. Thanks to Corning and their Gorilla glass technology, every wall and piece of furniture in your house is a screen waiting to serve up all the information that you will need to make it through your entire day (Godfrey, 2011). You do not have to worry about scratches Gorilla glass is tough as nails, and provides the durable surface needed to stand up to every day usage. As we are propelled into the future, do not be surprised if you cannot tell the difference between real people and their virtual counterparts. If you think this is fiction you have not been reading enough Jules Vern
Changing Technologies and the Workplace
As employees, we have already started working at home, now we can start working at the beach. As leaders, we have the ability to use technology to help our employees to enjoy more leisure, while still maintaining productivity. It is no secret that the landscape of industry has changed drastically in the face of new technologies. Just as the assembly line of Henry Ford changed the flow of production on the floor, robotic technology is changing the way production occurs in the future. The internet has made even the smallest of businesses global forces (How technology has changed in our lives in the last five years, 2014). The technology of the future promises to turn our world into a global community. Even our glasses will allow us to learn on the go by making us the most mobile generation in the history of humanity (Bhutto, 2012). Only one question remains to be answered, how far will technology take us as we rocket into the future?
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Bhutto, H. (2012, May 7). Google glasses project. Retrieved from You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSnB06um5r4
Godfrey, J. (2011, February 24). A day made of glass corning’s vision for the future . Retrieved from You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qmwdbhsbVs
How technology has changed in our lives in the last five years. (2014). Retrieved from Center Tech: http://www.centertech.org/