Computer technology has completely revolutionized the way we work, communicate and even socialize. According to experts, the pace of technological change that we have seen overtime is only a shadow of what we will see over the next 20-25 years. There is no doubt that this wave of change will reshape the career of many people. It is estimated that about 65% of children been born today are most likely to work in roles that don’t exist today because of the ever changing computer technology. So what is the future of computer technology and how will this technology shape the future of our society? In this article, we are going to answer this question to help you get a glimpse of what to expect in future.
1. Virtual reality (VR)
We have already gotten a taste of what virtual reality can do. However the current VR gadgets are limited because they rely on smartphones to work. In addition to that, they also run on mobile apps which only offers a fraction of what a computer can do. As we had towards the future, we expect that VR technology to go to another level. In fact, computer experts project that virtual reality will replace textbooks in the next decade. It will be possible for teachers to take students to the past environment and show them what was happening. This will making teaching easily because it is easy for students to understand more if they can see something happening as opposed to reading a textbook. Just recently, Google launched a new app (Google expedition app) that allows people to use virtual reality take trips to places like the coral reef.
2. Augmented reality (AR)
There is no doubt that the future of computer technology is headed towards augmented reality, a close cousin of virtual reality. In fact, it is projected that gadgets like smartphones will be rendered obsolete in 2030 thanks to advancement in augmented reality. People will laugh at you if they see you holding a smartphone in 2030. Advancement in computer technology will make it possible for people to pull up screens in augmented reality through tiny bracelets making it unnecessary to have smartphone around you. There are many companies that are already working tirelessly to bring augmented reality into the mainstream.
3. 3D technology
3D technology is already in place, however there are many limitations that prevents people from maximizing its usage. As we head to the future, there is no doubt that 3D technology will go mainstream meaning that everybody will have chance to create their own physical products based on their imagination without the need to be approved by a well-established company. Individual professionals in various industries will be able to mass produce their own creative products without any limitations.
4. Perceptual computing
This is a new computer technology that is expected to shape our future society. Perpetual computing is a technology that allows you to interact with your computer using natural senses as opposed to traditional interface methods. This means that instead of using keyboard to make commands, you can use eye or hand gestures. This technology has stated to take shape with modern PCs equipped with RealSense camera that have the ability to unlock the PC using special biometric features without the need to insert password.