It’s a future

November 3, 2011 § Leave a comment

Let me first start out by saying that every week I’ve tried discussing blog topics with my roommate as a method of brainstorming. Usually he’ll offer a sardonic response, if he offers one at all. Today, for example, his first idea of a change that would revolutionize the way we live in 50 years was the development of a cure for AIDS, which, by his logic, would result in a sudden rise in homosexuality followed by a sharp drop in natality rates. But then, the unexpected happened…He gave me a serious response. So to give credit where it’s due, I’ll say Kevin Lu came up with this vision of the future.

If you look at the way technology has been going for the past 5 years or so, you’ll see that one of the fastest accelerating pieces of common technology is the phone. Netbooks are going out of style in favor of tablets, desktops are starting to lose popularity to the laptop. New phones are incorporating more and more functionality with every generation, replacing even more things like mp3 players and gaming systems. Remember your parents’ old cell phones from 2000 that had a tip calculator and “Snake” or, if you were lucky, “Pong?” Well, smart phones now can handle some pretty crazy stuff from first-person shooters to World of Warcraft-like online rpg’s. Granted it doesn’t hold up to devoted gaming systems like the PS3 or the Xbox360, but it’s getting there. Even now, there’s talk of phones serving as processors for games that currently run only on the previously mentioned, devoted gaming systems. You would still need the TV, but instead of a clunky Xbox behind or below your TV, you’d plug your phone into the TV and controllers into the phone.

Life was tougher then than it is now.

Thinking beyond gaming, phones may eventually even take the place that tablets and laptops hold now. The only real problem is size; people want their phones to stay small, and, if possible, to shrink. It’s a sign of improving technology: that is, more processing power packed into a smaller space. On the other hand, people like a clearly visible interface. In other words, we all want bigger TV’s. This is hardly a problem for us as consumers, though. Look at it this way: what results from our conflicting desires for smaller phones and for bigger screens will inevitably lead to a breakthrough that gives us both. It may not be something as corny as clothing outfitted with processing power as described in “Fast times at Fairmont High,” but contact lenses or glasses could be a practical solution. In the end, we win; the consumer always does.

Schuyler Tang


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