Happy Taco Tuesday from Reno!
I had an interesting discussion in the past few days of how much has changed in the world of technology, even since I first came to Reno in 2005. It was prompted when I walked into a local burger joint with a tablet in tow. The person I was meeting with had never seen a tablet before, and it was a neat opportunity to show them how it works and introduce them to a new technology that is becoming popular at a very fast rate.
My job allows me insight into a very unique area of IT, and that is within the education realm. Not many professionals can say that they get to directly impact the lives of students with technology. It’s almost too much fun being able to say “let’s try this out” or “maybe this technology would work better in instructing students.” It is quite an experience to be able to have a real impact on how someone learns, especially when that technology is something that is new and cool.
Here are the three technologies that I see having the greatest impact in the coming years:
- Tablets – Everyone’s favorite new tech toy, dominated by the iPad at the moment, this mobile device will slowly begin to replace laptops as the dominant portable tech machine. While I prefer the keyboard associated with the desktop/laptop, the incredible portability of a tablet is too good to pass up. Also, an amusing incident has prompted me to track down a company that repairs iPad glass screens. A whole new host of businesses have been created just to support all of the tablets running around! The growth is gearing up to explode, and who knows what new changes will make tablets that much better.
- Smart phones – Some of you may remember when you had to pay for text messaging. Ridiculous right?! Think of the drastic change that unlimited text messaging plans has brought to how we communicate. People have no problem rifling off 300-400 texts a day but they seem to be entirely incapable of “picking up the phone” for a real phone call. Soon, 4G will make phones just as fast as accessing the Internet through a normal WiFi connection, making the convenience and accessibility from your phone a dominant feature for getting your Net Fix, haha :-)
- Cloud computing – The feeling of “connectedness” from always being able to plug into your virtual world is not going to go away. Pandora, Netflix, Facebook, email, and many other services are being accessed anywhere, and we are becoming more dependent on these technologies and less dependent on our own brain cells to remember, retain, and store information. The music industry is shifting toward the cloud, and who knows what else will follow.
That’s a wrap for today. Many of these technologies seemed super futurisic even in 2005, but they are upon us and will continue to impact our lives.