Tech is everywhere. And unless you’re reading this in an isolated log cabin high in the mountains, you’re already aware of the importance of technology in your everyday life. It’s now part of virtually every aspect of modern commerce, culture and communication. But it’s so ubiquitous that you may not have considered the radical ways in which it is changing the way you work, create and even think.
Your memory is getting better… and worse.
Since the advent of Google and the smartphone, you’ve had a flawless memory for information, video and more – right at your fingertips. Which means a good short-term memory is something you’ve needed less and less. And what you don’t use, you lose.
This negative effect on the brain is a new and worrying trend. Young people who’ve been raised in the digital age are already showing signs of short-term memory dysfunction as a result of their addiction to technology.
It’s known as digital dementia, and as we become more and more tied to our devices, it has the potential to become a real challenge to the way we think interact and take care of ourselves.
Your voice is becoming your fingerprint.
It has been predicted that, in the next two years, 82% of devices will have native voice recognition capability. Which basically means you’ll soon be controlling the majority of your digital interactions with your voice.
Your voice will also become your primary identifier for online security. Does this mean you’ll be locked out of your email, social and banking apps when you have a cold? Time will tell. But voice control will also mean efficiencies in ways we might not expect – from automated customer service calls to new ways to complete everyday tasks.
You’re turning into a cyborg.
A further development of our ongoing connection to our digital devices and networked systems is high- bandwidth brain-machine interfaces. What? Basically, it’s a way to connect your brain directly to a computer.
Yes, you read that right. Brain implant technology isn’t science-fiction. Neuralink, a company already working on a way to seamlessly combine your digital and biological self, says they will soon launch a product that will give us a shot at becoming “symbiotic” with artificial intelligence.
You’re becoming more creative.
You may not become an artist overnight, but at the very least, you’re going to have more creative tools at your disposal.
Artificial Intelligence and deep machine learning have already resulted in computers that can edit films, write pop songs and create renaissance paintings autonomously. As we become more connected, we’ll be able to harness that power and augment it with our own problem-solving skills. We ‘creative’ types are experimenting new ways to solve problems more interactively.
At the very least, technology’s ability to proactively handle mundane daily tasks will certainly leave us more time and headspace to think, create and do business.
That should be a change we all welcome.