Many people on this planet consider technology as a tool of the future. With ideas coming to life daily through phone applications, the world is advancing in a rapid and uncontrollable rate. The question has to be addressed. What comes next?
Since the dawn of time, mankind has striven for advancements in technology. Whether it be for ease or enjoyment, there seems to be no shortage of the complexional thinking of “what people need.” While some ideas prosper, others fail. While companies succeed, start-ups struggle to get users on board. The world vibrates on the yin-yang ideology, and thus creates the friendly competition needed to push mankind further.
While the technology we have now seems astonishing, it was not a long time ago where none of it existed. Let’s put this into retrospect. The first cellphone ever sold was on March 13th in 1984. Somewhere in either Chicago, Baltimore, or Washington, someone dished out $3,995 to buy Motorola DynaTAC 8000X. You may ask, why on earth would you ever pay that much for a phone? Well, this was not your standard Motorola. This, in fact, was the first-ever handheld “cellphone” ever produced and sold. The point? This was only 35 years ago.
In all the time humans have been on this earth, consumer technology has only begun to surface. The first television? The late 1920s and early 1930s. The first home-use fridge; 1913. Within the last century, mankind has only seen the tip of the iceberg of what technology really is and what it’s capable of.
The future technology as we know it today is gearing towards mankind’s last and greatest invention, AI. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is defined as the “theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks that normally require human input or intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation between languages.” Man vs. Machine, who will be greater? Will machines be here long enough to outlive the human race? Will we live to see the Terminator take down Skynet once and for all?
All jokes aside, AI will have the ability and machine power we give it. Good or evil? That’s for humans to decide. For now, we enjoy the freedom and entertainment of apps such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and make all the tweets we can.