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Technology Progress, Change … Opportunity?

I sometimes talk about the speed of change in the technology world … it is one factor that drives the continuing demand for technology people, and will by implication be a continuing boon to the IT Staffing world. It is also one reason why more students need to be encouraged to follow technology careers!

I started to think about how technology has changed just in my world in the very recent past … and came up with some interesting stuff.

The internet has been a huge change in all of our lives over the past 10 years or so. It has become the “backbone” network for so many businesses, that would have required their own network previously. It is a source of data that formerly we found in books, encyclopedias, indexes and libraries. It has spawned many businesses and its communication abilities particularly in a web 2.0 world have been absolutely transformational … who would have envisioned keeping in touch with family around the world through Facebook or spreading news through Twitter 10 years ago?

I recently got a netbook and it is quickly replacing my Sony laptop … which cost roughly 10 times the price. It can’t do everything the Sony can, but it handles 90% of my requirements for 10% of the price!

I just got a “Rocket stick” … plug it into my netbook and instant connectivity anywhere! I don’t need wireless networks or even to be in a city … I can be sat at the side of a highway (or on a cottage deck) and still be online!

I have an iphone … I have instant information at my fingertips! I can post pictures to Facebook “on location”; I can check sports scores anytime; I can get news “real time”; check stocks; check out youtube videos; store all my contacts; manage my calendar and get my email … oh and its a phone too. we talked about the “convergence” of technology for years … what comes next?

There are incredible strides in techology and the application of technology being made every day. I have only talked about changes in technology, but great strides are being made in medicine, in bio-technology and other sciences. It is an exciting time … it would be a GREAT time to be entering the workforce there is so much opportunity.

It would be interesting to hear how technology has changed your life in the recent past!


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2 thoughts on “Technology Progress, Change … Opportunity?

  1. There are certainly great strides in technology being made – especially when it comes to driving down the price to affordable devices and software for all. But I don’t believe there are a whole lot of large technology organizations targeting R&D money in the 2, 5 or 10-year anticipated growth areas. That’s simply too far off their radar.

    Take one easy example – health care. Apple, Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Dell … they all dabble in these areas, but with no serious investments. They want a quick payoff (i.e. the market wants to see quick payoffs), with little interest in breaking new ground. Apple is the worst offender of this – they simply want to keep the ‘machine’ going: sell more music videos, more application download centers, build devices to sell to the largest demographic, etc. As the 2nd most valuable publicly-traded corporation in the USA after Exxon, you’d figure they could spend some money in other areas.

    Consider where we could be in the health care industry for example:

    Non-invasive USB finger-scanning blood testing systems (yes, they exist) that may not be deadly accurate, but could give the user an idea of where I may have an issue; same with other systems that analyze other key health indicators like blood pressure, blood sugar, weight, lung capacity, etc. This would be accomplished either through software or through clinics around the world.

    Personal MRI and other scanning units (cheaply produced, but only for a cursory examination) that would scan and then have the results analyzed by a doctor anywhere in the world.

    Wireless/Broadband devices that continually feed vitals back (possibly through Bluetooth to a cell phone?) to a central correlation server that alert on abnormalities for patients with various issues and problems.

    Access to ‘Unconventional’ Doctors, Naturopaths, Homeopaths, Witch Doctors, etc. from around the world that would provide you one-on-one face-time through web-cam’s that attempt to treat people with various unconventional remedies laughed at by our doctors.

    Truly collaborative efforts in finding cures for diseases like cancer, diabetes, MD, etc. This, along with determining why, for example, the Japanese are more likely to get stomach cancer more than any other nationality in the world.

    Collaborative systems that provide the platform in which groups can clearly shed light on foods claiming to be ‘organic’ with in-depth studies of how truly organic the claims are – what was planted on the organic field last year? Where was the cow providing organic milk raised prior to the farm buying it? What chemicals do they use to clean and sanitize the equipment used in producing the organic foods?

    The iPad is cute … but we need the companies with 10’s of billions of dollars on hand to at least assist the health care industry.

    Are these in the pipeline? Are the blue chips investing in this?

    Enquiring minds want to know,

    Chris.

  2. There are certainly great strides in technology being made – especially when it comes to driving down the price to affordable devices and software for all. But I don’t believe there are a whole lot of large technology organizations targeting R&D money in the 2, 5 or 10-year anticipated growth areas. That’s simply too far off their radar.

    Take one easy example – health care. Apple, Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Dell … they all dabble in these areas, but with no serious investments. They want a quick payoff (i.e. the market wants to see quick payoffs), with little interest in breaking new ground. Apple is the worst offender of this – they simply want to keep the ‘machine’ going: sell more music videos, more application download centers, build devices to sell to the largest demographic, etc. As the 2nd most valuable publicly-traded corporation in the USA after Exxon, you’d figure they could spend some money in other areas.

    Consider where we could be in the health care industry for example:

    Non-invasive USB finger-scanning blood testing systems (yes, they exist) that may not be deadly accurate, but could give the user an idea of where I may have an issue; same with other systems that analyze other key health indicators like blood pressure, blood sugar, weight, lung capacity, etc. This would be accomplished either through software or through clinics around the world.

    Personal MRI and other scanning units (cheaply produced, but only for a cursory examination) that would scan and then have the results analyzed by a doctor anywhere in the world.

    Wireless/Broadband devices that continually feed vitals back (possibly through Bluetooth to a cell phone?) to a central correlation server that alert on abnormalities for patients with various issues and problems.

    Access to ‘Unconventional’ Doctors, Naturopaths, Homeopaths, Witch Doctors, etc. from around the world that would provide you one-on-one face-time through web-cam’s that attempt to treat people with various unconventional remedies laughed at by our doctors.

    Truly collaborative efforts in finding cures for diseases like cancer, diabetes, MD, etc. This, along with determining why, for example, the Japanese are more likely to get stomach cancer more than any other nationality in the world.

    Collaborative systems that provide the platform in which groups can clearly shed light on foods claiming to be ‘organic’ with in-depth studies of how truly organic the claims are – what was planted on the organic field last year? Where was the cow providing organic milk raised prior to the farm buying it? What chemicals do they use to clean and sanitize the equipment used in producing the organic foods?

    The iPad is cute … but we need the companies with 10’s of billions of dollars on hand to at least assist the health care industry.

    Are these in the pipeline? Are the blue chips investing in this?

    Enquiring minds want to know,

    Chris.

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