|Ah, the future free space travel, unlimited high speed connections to your wrist receiver/ transmitter/ DVD/ TV, peace on earth and goodwill toward all well, it doesnt hurt to dream, does it?|
The future is a mystery but I am going to hazard a few guesses based on what I see today I hope they cause you to think a bit about the future since the 21st Century is here as you read this.
APCO - in the future we will continue to offer many substantiative classes and SIGs for our members but we will be moving from the free to the minimal paid ones as the costs go up. We will relocate somewhere within San Antonio as our current home becomes first a pile of rubble and then a sparkling new hotel/ convention area. I hate to see prices go up but reality does hit every now and then and as other costs go up so will ours.
I see some free classes/courses offered via the web from our web site
and I also foresee many other learning opportunities made available by
various schools. It will be possible to use the web to get a degree without
ever setting foot on a campus — and the costs will be much lower than a
bricks and mortar school.
I see software companies doing away with the current user group support
(no more free traveling road shows) but increasing support and introductions
of new stuff via the web. I see our meetings involved much more with teleconferencing
and two way conversations instead of a human standing in front of us.
Medicine is going to make major strides in telemedicine — from your
home to the “doctor” via something similar to USB plugins to aid in diagnosis.
The “doctor” will not be flesh-and-blood but the computer. If you need
to actually “see” a person, then you’ll travel to a central location but
be prepared to pay! Surgery, especially complicated procedures, will be
done by robotic manipulation of instruments (maybe using “Waldo’s”) either
performed by the computer or by a person using the long distance system.
(We are very close to this today based on what I helped with in the US
Our computers won’t be much like what we’re using today. I envision
free ones - built into almost everything
you buy. (Yeah, I know that you really pay for them when you buy whatever
they are a part of, but you won’t lay out any money for stand-alone equipment).
The Star Trek voice operated system will be prevailment and will
replace phone booths and other public communication systems.
Software will be a thing of the past since the ever present high speed
connections will be in both hard-wire and wireless form. You’ll be on the
web everywhere you go. Word 2010 office suite will be on a master computer
and you’ll tie into it when you need it and you’ll pay a small monthly
fee to access it. (That way if you don’t need a particular part of the
suite you won’t pay for it). Your data will be stored on the web and, of
course, redundant backup will be included in the cost of the connection.
The web will reach out to you regardless of where you are thanks to the wireless, satellite based system - truly a world-wide-web which will enable all to access almost everything at any time. This will have a major impact on how people live and how they form governments. Heck, they will be able to cast a vote in a secure manner without having to worry about recounts and courts.
We will be in a virtual cashless society thanks to the secure transactions
possible using retina scans as identity proof. This will reduce cost of
good sold expenses which will make it less expensive to run a business
from home — at the expense of the bricks-and-mortar stores. They will fight
back with clerkless stores (many are almost there now) with you
picking out the merchandise you want and scanning your universal debit/credit
card through the scanner. Since only stocking the shelves will be necessary
the payroll will shrink thus lowering costs.
Will any of this happen? Well, stay well and wait and see! Life is a
big adventure so carpe diem!