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I'd consider which technologies have changed the most in your lifetime, for they are the most likely to continue to change, it seems to me. I think about the changes in technology regarding music, for example, and I notice things are getting smaller (from the large LPs to...I'm not even sure what the smallest unit of music is today, because it's not able to be touched!) and cheaper and more specific (choosing one song to download rather than having to by an entire album). That means the technology to play and/or listen has dramatically changed, as well. (No more eight-track or cassette players in cars, for example, and soon probably none will have DVD options.) What other things have undergone such transformations over the course of your lifetime? That's where I'd start; from the past you can generally predict the future. Have fun with this!
Just from a teacher's point of view, I believe all classrooms will have a computer at every desk for every student. The Internet will be used much more extensively. Books may well eventually be replaced by electronic devices such as the Kindle and its future upgrades. More classes will be available online.
I recently read two stories by Ray Bradbury that offer a view on a possible future world where technology has become incredibly advanced. You might like to read them yourself to think about some various possibilities. They are called "There will come soft rains" and "The Veldt". Both are dystopias, in that they present a future world where all is not well for various reasons - but I won't spoil them for you! I think we will see a heightened informational society where access to all kinds of information becomes ever easier. But with this, I think there is so much danger as scientific advances take us places where perhaps man was never meant to go.
The dilemma of technology superceding humanity is proposed in Huxley's Brave New World. Huxley, like Bradbury, foresaw a future in which people become dehumanized by technology.
One area in which great advancements have been made with technology is the medical field. There are now only a few hospitals which are equipped for robotical surgery; the surgeons place their arms into robotic arms and perform surgery with the use of the robotics. Certainly, many more advancements will be made. Perhaps their will be bionic arms and legs as were portrayed in old TV shows such as The Bionic Woman. Another advancement that is sure to go further in the medical field is the isolating of genes that carry certain traits such as the recent discovery of the gene that cause migraine headaches.
For the disabled, there have been technological advancements. Blind people have opportunities increased for them with such advancements of the braille writer that can be carried. This braille writer will "read" back what the student has recorded, as well. So, students can take notes and have them recalled whenever they wish. And, surely, more advancements will be made.
New development in technology are moving in diverse direction. We find things becoming bigger on one hand, while we also see a trend towards miniaturization. Then there is a clear trend towards things like mobile and wireless electronic devices, and disposable products.
Talking of disposable products, there has been a very clear trend towards useful life of products becoming shorter. Thus though the features incorporated in any product are increasing, the durability and maintainability of product is reducing. Thus a modern automobile is being loaded with more and more features to add to convenience, safety and luxury, the sturdiness of the cars themselves is going down.
Another major technological change that is being forced upon humanity relates to use of renewable sources of energy. Humanity will be forced to make substantially greater use of these. This will force us to develop technologies to make these much more economical than these are today.
Similarly in next fifty years the humanity will also be forced to use technologies which are much less polluting than the existing ones.
We just got an iPad, which makes me wonder what direction the world of "Apps" will go. If I were a technological investor, this might be the next big thing I'd be looking into. I'm already finding myself complaining with certain websites that are not iPad/iPhone compatible. I think the world will continue to become more mobile and technology will continue to foster organizational ease and mobility.
I'd look for nanotechnology to make revolutionary changes in medicine, communication, trasmportation, even more so than it already has. We will soon be able to build sophisticated machines on a very small scale that could, for example, clean out your arteries from the inside without invasive surgery, or deliver chemo or radation directly inside cancerous tissue. Just a few examples. Computers and communication devices will continue to get more powerful, and be able to do more, and this will make our lives both easier and less private.
I think that the next step in technology are computers that think and learn as time goes by. I think that they will become more like Hal in 2001 A Space Odyssey where humans hold conversations with their computers and computers begin to think for themselves.
Textbooks will all be online...no more excuses of "I left my book at home" or "my book is in my locker (or someone's car)." Testing and maybe even classroom discussions will take place online...perhaps we can all just stay home and conduct class in cyberspace with message boards and chat rooms. I would love to teach in my jammies. :)
I think that technology is going up by so many levels and it's just 2010!! This year is supposed to be a massive year for technology and it has proven to be so, with 3D television for sports.
Also, movies like Avatar has broken barriers with its use of technology. I heard something like James Cameron writing the script over 12 years ago, but the technology wasn't available back then so he sat on the script and waited until technology was available...and now look at how the film went!
Apple has been coming up with new designs and new features for their products every year. I heard that they come up with at least three different designs for each product every year!! People are complaining that they went and bought an iPhone 3GS, when an iPhone 4 just came out!!
Also, I think with all the hype of the new technology, we will become a lot lazier and more bigger than say, people living in the 70s and 80s were because now we have more game consoles and remote controls to do things without getting out of our seats, where back then, things like game consoles just started evolving!
On top of everything I just said, I also really like how the older generation are taking an interest in sites like Twitter, especially the older celebrities because we, as their fans are always going to be supporting and trying to do the best we can to support them!! Also, it's cool to know how a celebrity lives his/her life!
Well, there are two ways that you can look at this, and that's through a positive and negative light. In a positive light and perspective, technology will change the future for the better. Because discoveries are made everyday in every field, there are many advances in technology that have proved to make life easier for daily living. Advances in technology for medicine, for instance, have made many successions for patients. Meaning that more patients are surviving no matter what their illness may be. Technology is a success in money as well.
However, in a negative perspective, the success what technology is bringing could possibly bring the world to its own downfall. This is because as technology is bringing an ease to daily life, that makes people more lazy as well. That is why many areas, mostly America, have problems with weight. Also, because of technology advances, this era is starting to be named the "Selfie Era." This is the doomed destiny that may befall on our world because of technology.
If I were writing this, I'd try first to think of why technology changes. Then I would see if I could tell from that what sorts of changes will occur.
For example, people say necessity is the mother of invention. If you believe that, you should ask yourself what kinds of technology will be needed in the future. I would say that all sorts of green technologies and alternate fuels will be needed in the future. So will advances in medical technology as we get more old people.
Can you think of any other things that drive technological change?
I think that the best way to answer this cannot be found here on eNotes. Sure, I definitely think that you can get some great ideas from the people who answered this question (some of these answers are great!) But I really think that the best way to answer it would be to ask yourself that question and take a moment to think about it. Perhaps asking yourself these questions might help spark some ideas:
- How does technology affect me today?
- How has this changed from last year? 5 years ago? 10 years ago?
- What are some new innovative ideas that I have seen come out lately or that have been rumored to come out to consumers?
And hopefully by answering these you will be able to answer the overarching question.
Hope this helps!
it can change in many ways. it is unpredictable
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