Kevin Lepton

I am the writer, editor and publisher behind this future technology blog and I predict you will keep reading to see what is coming right around that metaphorical corner.

Jun 092016

For the past decades, we can see technology following a predictable path, where integrated circuits chips are becoming advanced to create smaller, but more power, devices and manual processes have been automated, allowing for increased efficiency and productivity. But today, this trend is anticipated to most likely change in the near future, where there is expected an extreme disruption in technology. As information technology would decrease in phase, second-order technologies—robotics, nanotechnology, genomics, etc—will become the center of attention, automating routine cognitive work. During this time, there will occur four major paradigm shifts that all of us should prepare for.

First, there will be a shift from chips to the system. While the Moore’s Law has helped power up the Digital Revolution to a level where computers have become more powerful and functional, while becoming cheaper, it is said to be nearing its end. There would be too many transistors to squeeze into a chip, causing them to malfunction or take too long for them to communicate with each other, also known as the von Neumann bottleneck. Well, this can be solved by shifting from the chip to the system, which is particularly called “3D stacking” that combines chips into a single three-dimensional chip. Though this can be difficult, as we have to devise new chip designs entirely, it would increase speeds at significant levels to sustain progress.

The second one is a shift from applications to architectures. Innovations, such as office document processors and graphics creation apps, have engendered the widespread use of computers, with the internet allowing for emails, e-commerce and, then, mobile computing. Basically, applications are running today’s world. So far, these programs that are taking place on devices using central processing units are working well enough, but for more advanced functionalities that we want computers to do, like those of self-driving vehicles, the von Neumann bottleneck also causes some limitation for progress. So, the solution would be to move from developing new apps to developing new architectures that have the capacity to handle these apps better. Well, there are already some technologies that can help us reach this level, such as neuromorphic chips, quantum computers and the new field-programmable gate array (FPGA) chips.

As for the third major paradigm shift, it is from products to platforms. While great businesses in the past have made their way to prominence by creating a single specific product, companies today achieve success by making money out of platforms. Great examples are the iPhones using the Apple App Store, Android devices using the Google Playstore and Amazon earning most of its profit from using third-party sellers. As you can see, platforms are very important as they allow people to access technological and business ecosystems, which we will see more in the future.

Lastly, there will be a shift from sustained periods of growth to shorter ones. According to economist Robert Gordon, while earlier innovations like the internal combustion engine and electricity have had broad implications, those of digital technology have been narrow. There are certain indications that future growth will be very different than the past.

In the coming age of disruption, it is very important to know more about these major paradigm shifts and to adapt to them to keep your ventures afloat and stay competitive.




May 192016

In the recent past, a lot of techies have been on the lookout for new and better technologies. A few, in turn, have given them the skill to foresee upcoming technological advancements. In fact, one technology expert named Eric Schmidt believes that there are inevitable trends that will be happening in the near future. Are you dying to know what these new technological innovations are? Then here is a list made by Schmidt himself that depicts the future of technology.

Less Consumption of Meat

Schmidt believes that people in the future will be less dependent on meat to supply them the needed nutrition. Instead, he supports the belief that citizens will be inclined to consume more plant-based nutrition. Thus, it will also lessen the impact of greenhouse gases.

Undoubtedly, this will also be a healthier option for people considering the substitution of meat with plant-based diet.

Technological Advancements in Education

According to educational advocates, technology can be more beneficial to learning. In fact, Microsoft Corp began the layering of educational process when they introduced Minecraft to the classrooms. Accordingly, teachers will be able to use this game as an educational medium to teach mathematics and geography, among others. Additionally, students will have the option to work inside or outside of the class as this trend serves as a teacher-student collaboration to find ways to effective learning.

3D Printer to Reduce Cost and Saves Time

The proliferation of 3D printers will be able to create a structure with the help of recyclable materials. Consequently, large sizes of 3D prints will be printed for commercial and residential buildings. The good thing is that it can save considerable amounts of energy and time.

Evidently, this can also reduce waste production as it can be recycled for better use.

Self-Driving Cars

The availability of self-driving vehicles are beginning to become a reality as manufacturers look forward to create an affordable prototype. This is intended to provide a safer driving experience with its self-driving mode.

Perhaps Schmidt has been keen on the tie up between Google and carmaker Fiat Chrysler, which enabled his forecast of the development of self-driving vehicles in the future.

Apple’s Health Kits for Mobile Devices

In a report by Tech Crunch, the launching of Carekit and ResearchKit from Apple Inc will enable users to monitor certain symptoms and to keep tabs under the medication process. For this reason, it will provide a big impact for the empowerment of the medical sector.

Obviously, this will provide the elderly and people with disabilities to monitor their intake of medication properly.

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

The revolution of virtual reality has taken a notch higher. At the same time, augmented reality may have a big role in the vehicle industries and education. Schmidt asserts that the future for virtual reality is already certain, but for augmented reality, it will still be determined.

The current trends can be clearly associated with these forecasts since the advancement of technology is undeniably fast. In fact, inventions that people considered impossible to build decades ago have now been proven possible.




Apr 232016

The Internet of Things (IoT) has gained a lot of traction in the recent years, which isn’t really surprising since the technology that supports it has rapidly developed. Over the years, IoT has grabbed the attention of not just tech enthusiasts but also of ordinary people who want to save time and money, enjoy more comfort, and make their lives better.

If you’re interested in IoT, here are some of the recent trends that you should know about:


Smart homes

Many homeowners have become interested in modernizing their homes through IoT technology, which can greatly help in maintaining safety and security and increasing convenience and comfort. Retail giant Amazon, for example, has introduced its virtual assistant Alexa and released open software called the Smart Home Skill API. This API will creates a standard that manufacturers of smart lights, switches, and thermostats should follow, ensuring that their devices can easily be controlled by consumers through Alexa.

Some real estate developers are even taking the game a step further by constructing smart homes. Developer Qingjian, for example, is set to build The Visionaire, an executive condominium in Singapore that will come with built-in smart lock systems and smart household appliances.

However, the IoT for homes has recently come under fire when Nest (the popular home automation company that’s owned by Alphabet, which also owns Google) announced that it will shut down the Revolv smart home hub in May 2016. Nest acquired Revolv in 2014 and immediately stopped selling the hub, and it notified users in February that it would shut down the cloud service that supports the Revolv hub. Many users expressed outrage over this, pointing out how people can shell out big bucks over “smart” home devices — only to find that the gadgets no longer work after a few months or years.


Modern healthcare

The Internet of Things has revolutionized healthcare in different ways. On a personal level, wearables that are powered by IoT technology allow users to track the number of steps they take, the number of miles they run, and the amount of calories they burn when performing a certain activity. These devices also allow users to monitor their sleeping patterns and see how long and how well they sleep. People can then use these information to swap bad habits with good ones and take steps to improve their health and fitness.

IoT technology can also help healthcare providers by making it easy for them to monitor their patients and ensure they’re in good shape. Smart pocket electrocardiograms, for instance, allow patients to take ECGs anytime and anywhere and share these information with their doctors in real time. “Smart” patient badges allow healthcare staff to track their patients’ activity levels and prevent patients from wandering out of the facility, while “smart” staff badges allow hospital employees to easily communicate with one another and maintain smooth work flow.


Final Thoughts

IoT technology is here to stay, and it’s safe to assume that it will keep on getting better as time passes by. It’s up to people to integrate it in their daily lives and to businesses and organizations to use it in their line of work.