The Communication – Forget your mobile phone that you keep with you everywhere, that you turn the computer every day, doing the same abstraction few moments of the screen on which you are reading these lines.
Now think about what our lives there about ten years. Where was the internet, social networks, mobile devices, and especially our use of all this technology.
Could we really imagine at this time how our lives would be connected today?
All we are able to do at this time could have passed for fiction just 10 years ago.
And tell yourself that the same thing may well happen in the future. Maybe even faster.
Some of the futuristic technologies that could well change our communication modes, and that might be in our hands sooner than you imagine.
Mark Zuckerberg says the future of communication is telepathy on the Washington Post
Implanting a device in a brain. Scientists at Duke University implanted two lab rats with microelectrode arrays and taught one of the rats to press one of two levers. Afterwards, the second rat, who had not been trained, also seemed to know which level to push: It had received neural signals from the first rat, via the implant.
Researchers have also had some luck with a noninvasive technique called transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS. When you put on a TMS headset it generates a magnetic field over your scalp, which can be used to activate neural pathways. Last fall, test subjects in India were able to use TMS to “think” the words “hola” and “ciao” to test subjects in France; the process was painfully slow, however, and the words weren’t sent in their entirety — they had to be encoded as binary digits, uploaded to the Internet, sent, downloaded and then decoded as flashes of light.
The relief projecting images often speak of her, several events have already claimed use this technique, as he almost always techniques simulating the process (see the US presidential elections in 2008 on CNN, the appearance of rapper Tupac at Coachella festival in 2012 …). However this technology is advancing quickly, some companies are working on images of high quality for medical, scientific or engineering, while others advertise miniaturized chips for smartphones and tablets available from summer 2015. This is likely to concern first of 2D display, 3D projection but should follow fairly quickly.
Take a look at this simulation if you ask you what this might look like.
Is the technology going to solve one of the biggest handicap for communication around the world: differences in language?
Computer translation systems have made huge progress in recent years, and we will probably soon read any website in our native language without almost to realize that the author does not speak our language.
Skype want to make an instant translation during a conversation.
If holograms will allow us to display virtual elements in a real environment, we must not forget that the opposite – of immersing ourselves completely in a virtual world – has made great steps forward in recent years.
You did not miss the Oculus Rift or the Microsoft Hololens, virtual reality headset that makes a lot of attention. This is an example of consumer tool that could land in our homes very quickly to change a lot of our habits. And not just the video game! In the communication sector, it could very well be virtually dive into a meeting room at the other end of the world, while our colleagues who are present see us appear as a hologram.
Two complementary technologies that will bring down some more notions of distances and the boundary between the virtual and the real.
Craig Gilchrist is the Digital Director at Eden Agency, which is at the forefront of proximity marketing. His team is one of the first in the world to release commercial iBeacon-powered apps. They currently boast over 1.5 million app downloads in multiple fields. Craig has been developing commercial software since graduating from the University of Teesside in 2004 and has been building apps for iOS since 2009. He is an avid reader and is always at the forefront of commercial technological developments. He also has a keen interest in developing gaming and children’s interactive media.
What do you think about the future of communication? Do you think we missed something?