– Microsoft Labs Vision 2019
This is a beautiful glimpse into the future and what it will mean to be productive, to share & connect, to express yourself. This is a future where technology is a natural part of your ‘being’.
However, personally I think that this is a glimpse of what technology will be to the rich world mostly the west or perhaps the top 1 billion or so people at the time. What about the other 7 billion or so people (projected 2019 figs) who will still live under the shackles of poverty & still lack access to even the basic facilities. Unless Microsoft decides to give those devices away for free, I don’t see those people having the monetary strength to buy it. Technology like this requires basic literacy which the developing world is lacking in. Can this be the future we envision for the majority of our world or it is more likely that technology then also will serve only the rich and the connected (pun intended).
Beautiful futures like these also require asking big questions about sustainability. The big global problems remain – deforestation, coal plant emissions and natural gas emissions from power plants, and emissions of hot water into lakes and rivers, that affect the balance of ecosystems, and tailings and ash ponds from coal plants and industrial waste and other non-sustainable items that we read about everyday.
Unless there are constraints there will be nothing of value. When technology creates those constraints and develops sustainability, that is when the future will play itself out and I think it’s going to be a very different future that will result.