Sometimes the most obvious "future" never comes to fruition and sometimes the real "future" is not what we expected, except for the innovators that pioneer the future. For they don't just predict the future, they create it.
We are entering an exciting new era for innovation and technology that is full of unmeasurable potential and opportunity. Not only does this apply specifically to the internet, but goes beyond it in many areas of business and technology.
For a lot of parents, the negative headlines about cyberbullying and sexting don't track with their families' experience of technology. Many folks are seeing their kids learn, grow and benefit from innovations in the tech world.
In my mind, the next frontier for the mobile market may have to wait for the next wave of new mobile devices to appear. I'm thinking faster, more memory and battery life, and the advent of active sensors (think fingerprint scanners on steroids.)
Though permanence will continue to be one of the assets of the digital age, with an influx of technologies that make it so you don't need to be haunted by your past, it's likely that soon most Millennial consumers will demand to choose how long a digital property should exist for.
Ever wonder how you could have over 500 cable or satellite channels and nothing to watch? You didn't have apps on your TV allowing you to personalize the experience. This is the beginning of a major shift that will take place in living rooms globally.
Instead of asking customers, "What would you like?" and giving it to them, you have to focus on the more important question. Ask yourself, "What would customers really want to do if they only knew they could do it?"
Make no mistake: It's a hard trend (a certainty) that tablets and smart phones are rapidly becoming people's main computer. Therefore, you want your website to be seen well on these devices and to be useful.
No company is ever secure in its dominance. But that's actually good news because it means opportunity for those companies that see the disruptions occurring, understand them, and take advantage of them.
Your personal assistant with Web 4.0 will search for you without you even specifically asking. Your personal assistant will know your preferences, your likes, and your needs, automatically compiling, presenting, and sharing what's pertinent.
Now that 2012 is well underway, be ready for the following 20 technology-driven trends to continue to create both disruption and opportunity in the business world. It's the only way you'll gain competitive advantage in the coming years.
The Consumer Electronics Show -- the mother of all tech trade shows -- is where people find out what many companies plan to release at some point during the year. Here are a few things we can we expect at CES 2012.
It's easy to write off this massive technology trade show as an outdated, overrated, and overhyped gizmo-fest. But I think it's incredibly valuable, and often results in real marketplace knowledge ahead of the curve.
While many parents and teachers lament over what a waste of time video games are, they are walking past a historic opportunity. The only thing being wasted here is the true value and potential of these technological marvels.