Contest: Predict the future with Tech65 and HP

It’s always fun to talk about the future, especially since we’re at the beginning of a new decade. Here’s a chance for you to discuss what YOU think of the future, and win a HP Mini 5101 while you’re at it.

We’ve been talking about the future for quite a bit this month, from our presentation at HP’s Future Is event:

and on the past few episodes of Simply Geek and 65bits.

One trend we’ve noticed is that the way we consume content is changing as we step into the future. Just this week, Apple launched the iPad, a brand new platform that claims to revolutionize the way we consume books, magazines and newspapers. Do you believe this is a direction we’re heading towards?

The contest (ends 28th February 2010)
HP is going to give YOU, our reader, a chance to join in the discussion too! Here’s the question that we want to put forth to you. How do you think we will use technology and consume content in the future? Leave a comment using your real email address (we promise we will not use it for anything save to let you know that you’ve won, of course!) here and don’t stop the discussion!

As part of the the “Blog a Trend” contest by HP, HP will be selecting a blog that generates the best discussion, and the commenter with the most thought provoking comment from that best discussion gets to win a HP Mini 5101 (worth S$799)!

So once again, here’s our question to you:

How do you think we will use technology and consume content in the future?

Note: this contest is only open to Singapore Residents (Many Apologies to our International Readers)

  • Fauzi Aziz

    Technology has become ubiquitous in our lives – nobody can deny this. I mean, I’m typing away on my MacBook with my iPhone never leaving my side while my mother watches her soaps on cable TV, on the Sony HDTV my dad bought a year ago. Even the refrigerator in the kitchen seems so different from the models in the past. Gone were the days when you had to physically remove the ice tray, fill in with water, slowly balance it in your hands for fear of spilling the water and wait for the water to freeze in the freezer because now many fridges integrate an automatic ice-maker where you just press and let the ice fall into your mug. In essence, technology has vastly improved our lives by making difficult tasks easy and simple tasks even simpler. Being the lazy human beings we are (don’t ever deny this), we are always looking for better ways to make our already simple life even easier.

    How will we consume data in the future? Well, with almost absolute certainty (say about, 99.99%), it’ll be a task that will become even simpler – increased accessibility with high-speed internet access almost everywhere in the world etc. Imagine the world vastly improved compared to today and then, think millions of times bigger – that will be the world of the future. Flying cars like in the Jetsons anyone?

    But in all honesty, we as a human race, can prove to be a tad too superficial. Just look at me – I’m probably as materialistic and as selfish as anyone else out there. But I am changing. I’ve developed a deeper interest in our environment. The environment is really being severely neglected. And I believe that technology can play a vital and significant part in helping alleviate the problem, little by little. Can technology help us find a better and cleaner way to harness energy? Can it help us see that we need alternative solutions for many things that will help conserve or at the very least reduce the damage that is being done to the environment? For example, the latest Project Runway: Season 7has HP providing the designers with tablets with a creative suite for them to do their sketching. Well, maybe it is a small step (less use of papers? some designers go crazy with paper) but it is a step in the right direction. Because who cares if there is going to be a hyper-advanced gadget coming out if we do not even have a planet in the future to begin with.

    Depressing as it may seem, I am the persistent optimist who believes that that is the way technology will be used in the future – for the better of our environment and the for the better of our Earth. I think that will be the most prominent task/challenge for technology and the future to tackle even though many of us probably are eagerly anticipating the announcement of the new iPhone for now. Haha! So, we should not lose sight of what is truly important and I really hope that the future of technology will bring us more hope.

  • The future to me is one where information is not only ubiquitous but easy to sort, easy to manage and easy to obtain. User Interfaces and User experiences help this to some extent, but powerful sorting tools, powerful devices such as the Slate computer, or touch screen technology help to make such knowledge easier and more easy to understand and comprehend.

    What I want in the future is one legal database to rule them all. One database where I can find the Layman’s summary, the classic textbook, the complete case law, the international perspectives and relevant articles on say the regulation of Cod Fish catches by Scottish Fishermen. For me the future is the ability to manage knowledge to the absolute highest possible degree, and that is what I want from my personal future.

  • Steven

    Technology is all around us today, it’s like we are being bombarded by them. There is always a new stuff in technology, as for this year it’s intel new cpu and the slate, who knows what will come in the future but of course it will be more advanced and faster. Technology is also getting more user friendly. An example of the use of technology now is the cepas and ERP, there might be no need to use cash anymore in the future as everything will be computerized. As the slate and lighter netbooks is coming, it might also be used to replace children’s textbooks in school in the future.
    As for the consume of data in the future, it will be faster and easier to connect to the internet. More people is connected to the internet everyday. In Singapore we can easily connect to the net in public areas as there is wireless@sg which we can use for free. Singapore is also having the nationwide fibre optic cables installation which will be completed by 2012, this fibre optic cables will allow a faster internet connection.

  • Pj Sim

    There are 3 main areas of technology that we use which will influence and change the way of our lives the most in the next 10 years or so.

    Firstly, the Internet. You may argue that we have been using it for the past two decades, so what’s the eyebrow-raiser here? Well, the main driving force of internet content creation is the bandwidth available to users. Without the dial-up we would not have the browser, email or messengers. Without the broadband, we would not have high-definition media, torrents, youtube and the ubiquitous Facebook. With fibre optics technology reaching our shores soon, my point is that we can expect internet content quality to up the ante. Think ultra-high definition – streaming youtube videos in full blu-ray-like glory; sending your gigabytes of video you edited to your marketing department in seconds; importing your photos of your vacation in FULL resolution on flickr. The quality and standards of the content we consume would be raised to a unimaginable level, or as we prefer to say, more “hardcore”.

    Next, is the Personal Computers(PCs), mainly referring to the desktops and laptops. Since the turn of the century, the laptop, or notebook, is fast becoming a replacement for the traditional desktops. With CPUs cut-down from the dual/quad-cores of the desktop variant, the notebook has become more than adequate for most consumers, be it for the surfing the web, word editing or even gaming. Speaking of gaming, I strongly believe the desktop gaming scene is official dead, or merely prolonging its death. Consoles define a whole a level of gaming experience, with its installation-free and bug-free nature, while the mid-to-high-end laptops now sport powerful GPUs good enough to run modern games at eye-popping settings. Therefore, I foresee that dedicated consoles will become the norm for the hardcore gamer while laptops will supersede the desktop for less resource intensive games such as MMORPGs. The desktop will either be the lowest-cost or DIY solution for the budget-conscious, or target the power user whom requires multi-core CPU to crunch data or GPU to render videos.

    Lastly, mobile computing. The slate is an interesting innovation, with its portable form factor and touchscreen capabilities, but it’s neither as powerful as a laptop nor as sleek as a smartphone and that will be its greatest Achilles’ heel. The smartphone has evolved into a device powerful enough to surf the web or listen to music or as a camera, but yet lacks the horsepower to multitask EFFICIENTLY. With the Snapdragon CPU boldly clocked at 1GHz, it is a sign of things to come when the days of sluggish interfaces and limited multitasking will soon be over. The smartphone’s number 1 edge over the slate is “pocketability”, literally. It is much easier to carry something you can whip out and stow away in your pocket easily, then having to carry an A4-sized device that is neither small enough to bring around nor light enough for prolonged hand-held operation(such as watching a movie while standing on a train). Also the slate lacks a physical keyboard, and that will be a deal-breaker for many road warriors. Hence I feel, the smartphone will prevail as the top mobile computing platform of choice.

  • The future is mobile. Even now, we are consuming content using mobile devices and mobile internet, and content for mobile is simply going to increase exponentially, infinitely! Technology will used (even more than ever) for every transaction between any 2 or more parties, and also the preferred way to obtain and disseminate information. The world will see less use of paper because everything will be digital. My dream is to see that everyone will no longer use paper and pen to provide signatures, but carry a single device with them which will contain their personal ID and a 2-factor verification process which will allow them to verify their identity. Paper will be obsolete. People will read books on their mobile devices such as their mobile phones, e-book reader, laptops, netbooks, etc. Mobile broadband will be the main way of connecting to the internet, at home, and also away from home.

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