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The Future of Social Interaction & How Technology Plays its Part

IE International MBA Essay: How do you imagine social interaction within 10 years, taking into consideration the impact of technology on human relations?

Chris Holman

on 13 February 2013

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Presentation by Christopher Holman The Future of Social Interaction & How Technology Plays its Part Predicting the Future is Never Easy Society's View of Technology Innovations in the Next 10 Years “The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not. We have plenty of messenger boys." While a few are reluctant to accept the part that technology plays in our lives or are unable to afford it, many of us are actively embracing technological innovation and letting it play a major part in our lives. - Sir William Preece, chief engineer of the
British Post Office, 1876 “There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home.” - Ken Olsen, founder of Digital Equipment
Corporation, 1977 “The cinema is little more than a fad. What people really want to see is flesh and blood on the stage.” - Charlie Chaplin, comic actor and filmmaker, 1916 “Flight by machines heavier than air is unpractical (sic) and insignificant, if not utterly impossible.” - Simon Newcomb, Canadian-American astronomer and mathematician, 1901 What is Social Interaction? Human beings are social, which means that they do not think or act in total isolation as individuals. They do so in response to other human beings. They do not merely act; they interact.

Social interaction is the behavior and beliefs between people that is dependent upon the behavior and beliefs of each other and of other people. (Wikieducator.org) Current State of Social Interaction Technology is what shapes lives, Technology Has Changed Pros Cons Connect around the globe As humans, our fantasy is to have machines working with us in our daily life. This is prevalent in films, books, comics, TV shows and cartoons; and while we are headed in that direction, many people are scared about what it may look like. Innovations in the Next 10 years Changes in Social Interaction Conclusion Bibliography Be able to speak with people through video Interact with people you've never met Low Cost Communicate instantly Develop/Maintain long distance relationships Provides more flexibility More access to information Support in online communities Distance learning Collaboration Increased efficiency and precision Health problems Lack of creativity and that personal touch Cost effective? Job loss Virtual interaction takes away time when you could be enjoying somebody's company Disconnects you from reality Personal security Entertainment New innovations Are These Changes a Good Thing? Mobile device users are expected to climb from 4.3 billion in 2012 to 5.2 billion users in 2017. Global mobile data traffic grew 70% in 2012 alone. (Guglielmo, 2013) Society is embracing technology and with younger generations being raised in a world of instant connectivity, this will only support further innovation and integration into our lives. While this level of personalization may not be integrated into our lives within the next decade, we will become more accustomed to instantaneous information within the next 10 years with devices like Google Glass - glasses that display information. Since the year 2000, we have seen leaps of technological innovation. With the launch of the iPhone to tablets, from MySpace to Facebook, and from PCs to Cloud Computing, the last decade has had a profound impact on how we interact with people through technology. Technology has integrated itself in our lives and the amount of information that we are transmitting is increasing at an unprecedented rate. In response to this overload of data, we are engaging with people less and less. Hiding behind the façade of the internet, our medium of choice is swiftly becoming our mobile devices. However, humans are an adaptable species. We are adjusting to the abundance of ways to interact while enriching our lives and our relationships in the process. With technology has come the ability to work more efficiently, to stay in contact, to discover, to learn, to entertain, to create, and to innovate beyond what has ever been possible. People are even working longer hours due to technology, but satisfaction surveys state people are actually happier due to the flexibility. (Heussner, 2010) In the next 10 years, ‘Cognitive Computing’ will be the focus of our innovations – developing machines that help us think, instead of humans using computers to assist them. Humans will aid computers as they will be able to understand. (Prigg, 2012) This is already seen in self-parking/driving cars, Siri for the iPhone, biometric security, Google Glass, etc. Devices will become smaller, faster, less expensive, and capable of holding more data; they will be able to analyze information and make personal recommendations based on who we are, as every aspect of our world becomes a data point. We can already see the beginning of our future now, with instant communication and social media; but with ‘Cognitive Computing’ our devices will not only understand us, they will understand our contacts. Our interactions with people will be increasingly assisted by technology, in ways such as:
Receiving suggestions for birthday presents
Where to travel
Who to invite to the new movie
Who will be in attendance at the art gallery opening Information will become so abundant and instantaneously searchable directly from your mobile device, simply taking a picture of a building will allow you to gather countless pieces of data, for example, what exhibit is currently on display, building height, companies present, address, opening hours, etc. Technology will assist our daily interactions and become more prevalent in our lives, but it will still be humans interacting with each other and in person meetings will become more treasured, pleasurable, important and necessary to uphold a healthy life balance. In the past 10 years we have seen great advances in the way we interact with people and we have adapted to these changes with great elation. The launch of tablets, smart phones, apps and social media, has changed the way we interact in all areas of our life. From education to work, friendship to love, health to entertainment, our lives have become more efficient and flexible. With all facets of our life being mapped and data readily available for our use, this also means more data will be collected and shared about you, providing extraordinary levels of transparency. A major challenge will be how we keep certain details secure, while sharing others in order to enhance our daily life. our but... From the creation of the Post Office in 550 BC to the first e-mail in 1966 The telegraph in 1792 to the launch of the iPhone in 2007 And from the advancements in ‘computer’ technology through time We as human beings are programmed to invent, innovate, collaborate, and progress. It is prevalent that through history we have not stopped creating and we will never stop, as it is against our human nature. In our lifetime, the evolution of technology has changed the way we:
Deliver Healthcare
Develop and Maintain Relationships
And Find Love Each generation has seen how social interaction changed with the advancement of technology and the next 10 years will be no different. We are beginning an age where our devices will accrue the information the world actively shares, understand it, and assist us in making a decision. ‘Cognitive Computing’ will become the standard within the next 10 years and our interactions, will be aided by our intelligent mobile devices. However, only time will tell! (n.d.). Retrieved from Wikieducator.org: http://wikieducator.org/CEGloss#S Google (Director). (2012). Project Glass Demo Heussner, K. M. (2010, March 13). Is Technology Takings Its Toll on Our Relationships? Retrieved from www.abc.com: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/technology/2010/03/is-technology-taking-its-toll-on-our-relationships/ Guglielmo, C. (2013, February 6). Cisco Mobile Data Shows Surge in Smartphone Users, 4G Usage. Retrieved from Forbes.com: http://www.forbes.com/sites/connieguglielmo/2013/02/06/cisco-mobile-data-shows-surge-in-smartphone-users-4g-usage/ Prigg, M. (2012, December 17). How your phone could be able to smell, hear and taste by 2018: IBM reveals its vision for the future of technology. Retrieved from www.dailymail.co.uk: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2249504/IBM-reveals-vision-future-technology.html#axzz2KVepHDYx Spielberg, S. (Director). (2002). Minority Report [Motion Picture] IE International MBA Essay: How do you imagine social interaction within 10 years, taking into consideration the impact of technology on human relations? What is social interaction and how do we interact today? Can we predict how technology will evolve? Technology has changed, but is that a good thing? How does society view these changes and technology in our daily life? How will things change with technology and how will this affect our interaction with each other? To alert your group that a new restaurant has opened and when everyone is available
When your favorite band will be in town
And an infinite amount of other possibilities
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