GI and Sci Fi


Processors and storage have been doubling every couple of years. Much of what we take for granted today would have been unthinkable as little as 5 years ago in the GI world and in other areas of IT.

I was speculating with a colleague recently as to what the GI world would look like in 5 or 10 years time if technology keeps doubling performance every 2 years. Will mobile devices really incorporate the pervasive location that some commentators have suggested? Will 3D become the norm?

Perhaps the biggest changes will be in interfaces – we could start to see the development of 3D displays or holographs or alternatively we could have voice interfaces or both. Sounds like a sci fi novel – maybe. I have recently started re-reading some old sci fi favourites which were cutting edge in the late 60’s and early 70’s – the authors under and over anticipated technology change at the time. I wonder how well we would do if we tried to envision the use of GI in 10 years let alone 50 or 100.