The future starts today

Striving to make the world a better place

By Claire Marchand

Do we have a better life with the thousands of connected devices that we have at our disposal today? Do inventors and designers create new needs in customers when they bring a new device to market or are we the ones seeking new experiences and requesting new monitoring and measuring tools to help us go through the day?

augmented reality
Augmented reality is bound to become a useful tool in a great number of areas

One thing is certain: our smart devices already allow us to monitor (almost) everything in our lives, day by day, hour by hour and in some cases even minute by minute.

Everything in the home now has a touch of smart to it, from kitchen appliances to lighting, to intelligent watering systems for flowers and plants, to air quality and video surveillance systems. Not to forget the regular checking of health/fitness data that can then be shared with a physician.

The digital (r)evolution of the 21st century is slowly but surely modifying our behaviours. Take television. More and more people are watching their favourite programmes on a mobile device, forgoing the more traditional TV set.

Portable devices have also changed the way we do our jobs. The workplace is no longer confined to one desk in one building. For many, the geographical location is irrelevant, what matters is a connection to the rest of the world.

Technological advances, the development of virtual and augmented reality applications and the ever increasing number of wearables of all kinds make our world smarter every day. They also increase the risks of data privacy breaches, hacking and cyberattacks, for which we have to be prepared.

We are gearing up for the future, and only time will tell what will keep and possibly change behaviours and make the world a safer and better place, and what will turn out to be fads that only last a few seasons at best.

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working on the move Work is no longer confined to one desk in one building
augmented reality Augmented reality is bound to become a useful tool in a great number of areas
Claire Marchand, Managing Editor e-tech Claire Marchand, Managing Editor e-tech