Are we living in the future?

Are we living in the future?

In the sci-fi classic, Back to the Future II, Marty McFly travels to 2015 in his DeLorean time machine and finds flying cars, holographic TVs and hoverboards—all things that seem like they’re straight out of science fiction, right? Well, almost 30 years later, flying cars do not exist, but many other things that were featured in the movie have since become reality. What does this mean? It means we’re living in the future! Our technology today is better than what was seen on TV when people were watching these films 30 years ago!

What are smart phones and wearables really doing for us?
Smartphones and wearable devices are considered state-of-the-art technology, but they’re not quite as magical as many people think. The point of wearables and smartphones is to have access to all kinds of information at any time. But in fact, both technologies distract us from important things that are going on around us by bombarding us with other sorts of information. For example, according to a University of Wisconsin study , talking on a cell phone or using a hands-free device can be just as distracting (and dangerous) as texting behind the wheel.

Augmented Reality – What is it and how does it work?
Augmented reality, or AR, takes digital information and projects it into real life environments. This makes it a powerful technology that can provide endless benefits for entertainment, art, education and productivity. But what exactly is AR? How does it work? And how will its applications change our lives in coming years? By answering these questions and more, you’ll learn how to apply augmented reality in your own life as well as how to make investments designed to benefit from its potential rise as an industry leader. To help you start incorporating AR into your day-to-day activities, I’ve also included helpful resources for getting started with both VR and AR. The technology is new but limitless; let’s dive in together!

Virtual Reality – How can it be more than just games?
You can already buy a virtual reality headset for less than $100. These devices are a bit clunky, but they’re likely to get much better, and cheaper. All that makes VR easy to dismiss as an interesting novelty—especially given that it will initially be used mostly for immersive gaming. But there are other uses that may prove even more significant.

Is this all just a fad, or a glimpse into our futures?
Many of us still haven’t gotten used to carrying a smartphone around all day. I remember taking mine out of my pocket, tapping it with my finger, and having it open up an app. To me, that seemed completely crazy! Now smartphones are just part of our everyday lives. In less than ten years, people will be using mobile devices that can do pretty much anything: see through walls with infrared night vision cameras, translate any foreign language on sight, detect potholes before you hit them and instantly broadcast a live-stream video to friends or family. We truly are at a turning point in history and only have our imaginations to limit what is possible in today’s technology world.

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