The Microsoft vision for 2018

Thu, 03/07/2013 - 3:08pm
Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor

A few weeks ago, we took a look at Walter Cronkite’s 1967 prediction of a media room in the year 2001 and, setting aside the 1960s aesthetics, he wasn’t too far off.

Humans are always trying to figure out what the future of technology will be. It’s fun to imagine what would happen if Google Glass became the new iPhone or 3D printing allowed for on-site organ creation. These things could change the world as we know it.

Of course, most of them won’t. Google Glass is a migraine waiting to happen, and who knows if we’ll ever get 3D at the biological level. But hey, a girl can dream.

Now, nobody could ever accuse me of being a Microsoft fan, but I think they might be on-target with their new video about the integration of technology and life in the next five years. Though inevitably, these things always take longer than we expect and become less exciting than we hope, it still shows a pretty interesting amalgamation of touch screens, real-time data, and home electronics. We have the basic structure in place for this kind of future, and now it’s a matter of making it happen.

Whatever the future may hold, I somehow doubt it will include this many Surface tablets.



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