The controversial debate over the pros and cons of technological advancements has created a buzz in society. Will future technology bring forth a better, more efficient world? Or will society collapse under the immense pressure and scrutiny? The world in 2035, which is roughly 20 years from now, could either have gone in two directions; A Utopian society where technology is so heavily integrated into our lives or a dystopian society where technological advances haunt our every move.
When thinking about the future, I like to remember the past. 20 years is basically nothing in the entire span of Earth’s history. 20 years ago would place us in the year 1994. Doesn’t seem too long ago does it?
I start off pondering the idea of a Utopian life in 2035, where technology has aged for the better. Life has become so complex, yet so simple. Technology has allowed for the need and social acceptability of immediate knowledge; the answers to anything and everything to be available at your fingertip. Whether from wrist devices, eye glasses, implanted microchips, or other technological outlets, information will be as common, efficient, and easy as checking the time on your watch. You can see how the world is moving towards this in 2014, through Google’s Google Glass
.Education has thrived and really entangled itself with the advancement of technology. A class room has become the ultimate tool to learning, offering multiple ways to teach and apply the school curriculum to the students. No longer is it just a face to face, or face to textbook experience. Students will be taken back by holographic examples, online researching, an array of easily accessed vocabulary and literature, and much more. With this advanced technology comes a stricter placement structure. As a student progresses throughout the institution, their strengths are formulated and calculated to present the best options of possible career paths to follow. A student could pick a path as early as high school and began a scholastic program to achieving that goal.
The opposite end of the spectrum presents a dystopian society, where technology has grown immensely to the point where it blatantly violates our rights and controls every aspect of our lives. This is a world where all of your information is held on one digital tablet. The crash of the entire American economic and monetary system shows the dollar plummeting to beyond worthless. The world’s elites get together to create a device allowing them to control the masses so another financial collapse does not occur again. Because of this, there is no more physical currency. Instead, your currency, bank account, social security, Identity, transportation keys, house keys, cellular device, watch, and any other digital device on your person will all be consolidated in this tablet. What seems like advancement in simplicity and technology turns into a loss of rights through governmental control.
If you owe a payment or are in debt, certain portions of your device could be shut off, denying access to things like your bank account or currency. Because physical money has no value, there would be no other way you could access currency. If you commit a crime, your entire device will be frozen, essentially shutting off any access to money, cars, communication, and homes.
This society can only be possible if technology does not advance to the point where there is a third world war. If weapons technology continues to grow the way it has been, there is a very real possibility that we will be facing a third world war within the next 25 years. Although these are just theories, the potential outcomes could be catastrophic.
My life in 2035 will be drastically different. I will hope to have a successful job in the mass communication field, preferably working my way up through a prestigious advertising and marketing firm. Communication technologies will be available at the drop of a hat. Through digital lens, holographic devices, robots and other outlets, we will be able to access media and information at blazing speeds. I have trouble imagining a robot completely taking over all of our jobs (maybe because of the outcome of I,Robot) but I assume we will lose a good amount of jobs to specialty robots.
I think technology is going to strongly affect mass communications. Journalism will bring about the use of holographic or 3 dimensional storytelling. The advancement of technology will really cater to those in the Public Relation industry. They will be able to implement their ideas and words on a massive scale, uploading celebrity and company information and memos to the masses within seconds. They will have the ability to constantly be in your face, focusing on specific messages to an individual. Instead of broad apologies, each person could be sent a self- tailored message allowing the apology or message to seem sincere, specific, and intended. This also will aid the advertising industry. There will be a plethora of new techniques and dynamics to reaching their targeted audience. The faster receiving and sending power propels advertisers to implement their strategies on the masses and receive feedback immediately. The communication field can only flourish as technology advances.