Recently I have been researching new and upcoming technology. Living in an off grid house far in the country, we are quite insulated from what is changing in the world around us. That may be a good thing.
The World Economic Forum recently suggested that we are entering the 4th Industrial Revolution. At the beginning of an industrial revolution the technology changes very fast and as a result so does the way we live. The things that are being developed and soon to be common is mind boggling.
Boston Dynamics New Autonomous Atlas Robot:
This thing is just crazy. The technology leap they have made in the past year is unbelievable. Not only can it walk around and perform tasks on its own, but it has a very advanced balance system unseen before. Pretty cool but also a little freaky.
I really don’t even understand how this works, but I am posting it anyways as the quantum computer can change everything. The idea of the quantum computer has been around for some time, but up till recently thought to be impossible. Many of the great scientist and physicist have said once the quantum computer was developed, the technology from it would bring about advances very quickly as it can do computing problems in seconds that would currently take years. It is speculated that this technology will bring about true A.I.(Artificial Intelligence). Combine that with the Robot above would bring us into the Sci-Fi arena.
Entire Buildings made by printing on 3D printers:
This building was printed, not built like we know traditional construction. They have made a giant printer that prints one layer at a time to build a house or apartment like in the photo in a matter of days.
Brain Computer Interface:
Now this one is really bizarre. The tech is already developed but currently being refined. A few people have had a chip implanted in their brains that allow the use of robotic limbs like Luke Skywalker had for his robotic hand. Google also announced a little while back that they are already working on making the software to work with the BCI that would allow you to browse the internet and download information directly to your brain. Say what?
The reason for posting those examples is to make this point.
What has struck me, is how much more important it is going to be that we keep the traditional skills and crafts alive in the future that is coming quicker then most think. The community has grown in the past few years, but as an overall, it is still tiny.
One interview I read recently by the CEO of Google said that we are entering a digital blackout era and that we should print off photos and documents we want to keep. What he was talking about is that the technology is going to change so rapidly in the next five to ten years that much of our data will not be accessible. This is what he has termed a “Digital Blackout”, which he said would lead to much of our current history will be lost since there will be very little hard copies of documents, photos, and videos. Everything is now digital and is easily lost.
This has made me think about how we need to keep the tradition of working with our hands in our crafts alive and store this information in our minds. We have to preserve these skills and share them with others so the are not lost or forgotten. It is nothing new for crafts or skills to be lost in time, but I think we are entering an age where this will be more of a possibility then in the past.
Keep traditional skills and crafts alive by practicing and sharing them with others, especially the youth.
Lets hear your thoughts in the comment section.
P.S. All the things talked about in this blog post are readily available on the net, if you are so inclined to do more research.