When two become one.
Get out of my head.
I can read your mind.
I know you.
Yes, these are quotes from a movie I saw over the weekend but it wasn’t a sappy love story. It was a story of humans partnered with machines vs. aliens and I kept thinking of where technology is heading instead of geeking out over the Kaijus on screen and the ever-present alarm sounds. What sounds? Check out the preview.
Regardless of whether or not Guillermo del Toro used a previously existing story line for “Pacific Rim,” the futuristic ideas don’t seem that far away anymore. We already have technology in our heads and mimicking our actions (Nintendo Wii, Just Dance, etc.) – and sometimes making us look more ridiculous than actually being useful.
However, we all enjoy the conveniences of being known. Because of that, our acceptance of devices knowing where we are, who we are, what we like and what we will want in the future is probably going to happen soon. Although not everyone likes this idea, think about each time Facebook makes a change – after an initial uproar, everyone accepts it, or forgets, and continues to go about their lives.
Our devices are becoming context aware sensors that collect data 24/7 (ie. the internet of things); we just need to figure out what we want to do with all of the information so that we can continue to have technology work for us instead of becoming “The War of the Worlds” or the “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” What would your device do for you in a perfect world? I bet it can happen sooner than you think.