Technology’s Greatest Impact in the Next 5 Years

Technology moves fast, you know that. But lately there’s been a ramp-up of “Future of Technology” tech soon becoming reality. From Google’s self-driving cars scheduled to come into the market in the next few years, to sensor-enabled pills that test and monitor your health from the inside out recently getting funding approval – not to mention Elon Musk’s revolutionary hyperloop transportation system gaining development momentum. While some of this might seem far-fetched, soon we might not remember a time without these technical capabilities.

While we have our hands involved in creating the next wave of the digital world, we also are equally excited to imagine what’s next. We picked the brains of a few unsuspecting employees at Smashing Ideas on the following:

From your technical and/or creative perspective, what do you think will have the greatest impact on the mass public in the next 5 years?

Anna Ho, Associate Strategist | Advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning, specifically in terms of context awareness, will be highly beneficial. Context awareness already exists but now it’s better able to cater to the user experience, creating a seamless day-to-day flow…that is, once the trust barriers between human and machine is less prevalent.


Harry Akaki, IT Manager | A huge game changer is going to be the development of 3D memory. Simply put, very fast storage that will change the approach to how a CPU operates. When you can compute instantaneously, it changes the way everything around us works. This technology will revolutionize the way we see a computer, in that it will be like the difference between a vinyl record and an mp3. This technology will pave the way for advancements in artificial intelligence and self driving cars to name a few.


Martin Young, Senior Developer | Wearable technology will be impactful on society. Wearables are integrating our lives closely with computing, and are getting more advanced by the second. You don’t have to take your phone out of your pocket to send a text, make a call, or to check email anymore. The ability to do all these things (and more) is as easy as turning your wrist and viewing your watch. It will be easy as thinking…you consider something and, POOF, its waiting on your wrist. For instance, you think to yourself, what did I want to do at five o’clock? Now it is just as easy as looking at your watch.


Janel Fink, Associate Engagement Manager | Peoples’ acceptance of technology vs. fearing it would be the greatest help to the mass public. People care more about technology because it is convenient for them, but don’t necessarily think about the good it can create for others. For example, people fear drones because of the privacy issues, but fail to see that drones can be used to deliver needed supplies to disaster victims.


Guy Borgford, Director of Business Development | Data analytics will greatly contribute to society, being able to create predictive models across human culture. Much of what we do is feelings-based, but not typically fact-based. Businesses have been using data to create predictive modeling to make data driven decisions; this type of analytics will be brought down to the consumer level. For example, data will tell us what, when and how much to eat, based on family history, hereditary medical conditions and other factors – and be our guide to optimal, preventative health. The key, like with any technology, will be making the user experience seamless, easy and intuitive.


Clemente Miller, Senior UX Designer | One of the greatest impacts of pending technology will be getting internal visibility of the human body in a way we have never been able to before. Just by taking a small pill, the user would be able to monitor the vitals of his/her body in an easy-to-understand application. Or, this information could be sent to a doctor and notify you if it senses that something is potentially going to affect your health. This technology knows, for instance, what a heart attack looks like, and can say to the user and/or doctor “hey, you are developing a minor clog in your arteries, this is what you need to do.” This is just one of many ways I foresee this technology changing healthcare and helping the greater good of society in the near future.


Caroline Colòn, Executive Producer | Virtual reality and augmented reality will have a great impact on society. Healthcare, automotive and the education system will see big advances with the adoption of VR and AR technologies. Picture immersing a classroom on a virtual reality field trip – they would be exposed to new experiences that are not currently possible. Daily life will be improved through the use of AR for navigation – imagine being lost in a new city and on your glasses screen you see directions superimposed.


Bill Wright, Technical Director | There are a number of things I am waiting for technology to catch up with. One that I believe will greatly benefit us is nanotechnology in medicine. Nano robots will be used to treat medical conditions in patients. These nano-bots will be able to target cancer cells, or break up a blood clot, for example. They will give doctors the ability to do really focused surgery, because of their size, but non-invasively, to minimize the trauma and recovery time of normal surgery.


Steven Rose, Developer| Artificial intelligence will be very impactful on the public as it continues to evolve. Imagine a person that is visually impaired…that person could have artificial intelligence lead them. AI would also help with manual labor, to ease the strenuous workload off humans, allowing us to live a better life. Having AI contribute in the work force also will allow us more leisure time to spend with family and friends.


Where do you think the greatest advancements will lie? Will your business keep up with the new wave? Reach out, let us know, because big ideas that can be executed are what the future is all about.


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