By Staff Reports
(DGIwire) – Technology is evolving faster than ever these days. Where will the future take us? Nobody has a crystal ball, but it’s great fun to speculate anyway. Here are a few of the exciting innovations that are changing our world right now—and are likely to continue to do so:
- 3D printing: 3D printing has been the subject of intense media attention in 2015, from a Vice documentary about 3D printing your own guns to neuroscientists “printing” the cells of the brain. The rub has always been that it isn’t cost-effective—but this is set to change. Forbes reported in late 2014 that within three years, the cost will drop to the point where rapid market growth will be a given. Some big news hit in August 2015 when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first drug made by a 3D printer, as reported by Quartz.com. This is a huge development, because 3D printing was in search of a market, and it couldn’t have found a bigger one than the pharmaceutical industry. Imagine never having to go to the pharmacy again—that’s a world everyone wants to live in.
- The Internet of Things: Although the concept is high-brow, the Internet of Things boils down to combining the digital and physical worlds. It operates through “touch points”—actual places or things where data is embedded and can interact with users. Forbes reports that embedding technology more deeply will create touch points for users everywhere; this, in turn, will form the foundation of digital business. It will also highly influence the art world, as musical festival stages and installations begin to embrace technologies that communicate with the web in real-time.
- Mobile rewards platforms: The concept here is simple: you have your phone with you all the time, so it should be able to interact with the world around you and get you free stuff. This concept originated with “barcode coupons” that let you access a coupon for a product via your phone. But in 2015, companies such as New York-based tech firm Viggle are taking the concept even further. Viggle, for example, has developed an eponymous mobile app that users can open while they watch their favorite TV programs or listen to their favorite songs. Viggle’s voice recognition technology syncs with the program or song and automatically rewards the user with points that can be redeemed for a range of items including movies, television shows, music, e-books and audiobooks.
Sounds like the future is going to be sweet!