The changes in the office setting will be similar to those in the home. Computers will control more things and have more power. Businesses will utilize this to be more productive. Computers will take over more jobs.
The biggest change will be in where people work. Actually traveling to a physical office will be unneeded. Faster networks will allow high quality instantaneous video. People will work from the home and be able to accomplish everything they did before. There will still be a need to travel to work for face to face meetings, but this will be a rarity. Personally meeting with people will still be necessary to understand and connect with other people.
Technology will play a greater role in the office as it becomes more powerful. Humans will still do the creative thinking, but will play a smaller role in manual labor tasks. Thoughtless tasks will be almost solely the computer's duty.
Computers in Business in the Future
Computers in Factories
Computers will play a larger role in factories of the future. Increasing computing power will allow for greater automation. This will reduce the number of jobs available, but people will always be needed. The amount of tasks done by computer will continue to increase.
The second change will be in the ability of control. The machines in a factory will be able to be controlled remotely by computer. This ability will extend to making repairs and putting upgrades into the machines. A technician on another continent will be able to work on a machine thousands of miles away.
The most revolutionary idea for the future of factories is nanotechnology. Nanotechnology is the concept of assembling things on an atom basis. Individual atom would be combined to form microscopic objects. The greatest problems with it aren't related to computers, but the increased processing power will lead to a greater chance of its successful implementation. Computers may allow us to assemble objects atom by atom, and if this does occur, the world will be radically changed.
Computers in Schools
The Changing School
Schools will go through many of the same changes as homes. Computers will allow teachers to do so much more for their classes. Instead of simply lecturing on a topic, a teacher can download material off of the internet, and then show that to students. Students will then be able to ask questions to renowned scholars and persons through online communication programs. Teachers will have access to incredible amounts of information to provide to their students. Teachers will begin to fill different roles as technology entires the classroom.
Computers in the Home
In the Future
In today's home, a computer is an independent entity. But in the home of the future, the line between the computer and other objects will blur. Computers will be found in nearly every device in the home. Refrigerators, coffee pots, and even pictures will contain small chips.
The idea of a server for a house is absurd at the moment. But the future will bring a plethora of devices that can make use of this power. Additionally homes will be filled with fiber-optics cable to transfer data. Our connections to the internet will be thousands of times faster than they are today, allowing an abundance of new possibilities. The home life of the average American will change radically as technology makes old tasks easier and opens new possibilities.
Computers in the Home of the Future
Controlling our Home Environment
Today we control each device in the home individually, whether it is the air conditioning or the telephone. In the future these devices will be controlled by computer from anywhere in the house. Additionally they will add new features. One example of this is the refridgerator recently announced by Electrolux. This refridgerator will be connected to the internet and be able to order food to restock itself. Intelligent devices like this will become everyday items.
Companies such as Microsoft and IBM are already selling software packages that allow users to control lights, air conditioning and other appliances from home computers. Software like this will became a primary component of new appliances, and updates will be available free over the internet to expand the abilities of the appliance.
Items such as stereos and lights will be controlled in similar fashions. Many household items, such as lights, will not have to be controlled, but will be automatically adjusted. Each person will either carry a card on their person or will be detected by sensors. The main household computer will then identify that person and access their preferences. Lighting, music, pictures on the wall and temperature will be adjusted accordingly. If information is not available on the person, a standard set of preferences will be loaded and a new profile will be created.
Profiles and appliances will be controlled through displays throughout the home. We will no longer have to control devices from different places in the house. These displays will be central to controlling the home environment of the future. Further information on topics discussed is found in the developments section under flat panel displays, complete systems on a chip, and computer controlled appliances.