First up is the future. I have a specific idea in my head of what the future should look like, and this is not it. When I talk about the "look of the future" I'm talking all sensory meanings that go into it. The way we feel the future, see, smell, hear, taste, the future. While we are currently on the see aspect of "future" it isn't what I expected. We have VR and in some limited capacities, AR. I believe that we can push AR to be more encompassing and there are some companies working on that, albeit in small markets. The feel of the future is something totally different, in that how we interact with objects and each other should improve, at least in the digital realm. Why do we not have haptic feedback suits for VR? Or for any application for that matter?
The smell, hear, and taste is subjective, since we all have different thoughts about what that means and it would be hard to quantify what I'm talking about through text. So we'll leave that to be explored later on. But the fact of the matter is, in 2019, we are still dominated by 20th century technology and means of thought. Where the hell are my flying cars and hover boards? (Hover boards are possible, since Lexus pretty much used my idea of how to get it to work), but no one is looking at it in earnest. Instead we have electric bikes and scooters. I'm not paying money to rent that junk.
Second, the future of work is...impossible in today's climate. Telecommuting is the obvious best practice. Why do I need to go to a building to sit on my ass for 8-9 hours when I can be just as productive at home and my productivity can be monitored? If I can finish a construction drawing for a bid package at work, I can do the same at home. This frees up money for the company to not pay as high a rent, and gives them more leeway in terms of employee benefits and compensation packages. If I need to meet a client or go to the site for field verification, I can do that. I don't need to be at the office for these purposes. Besides, I can be more productive without someone watching my every move (looking over my shoulder) because the stress from being "perfect" isn't there. I can relax and work at a pace that is most beneficial to me and in turn, the company.
Third. The future I dream of is not being built by anyone. I want to walk/ride/drive on streets of light. I want to have immediate information beamed at me. I want a freaking hologram of the city in my palm to direct me. I want music, fashion, and culture to be futuristic. I'm not talking dystopian futures or the dreary cyberpunk where everything is dark, overcast, or raining all of the time. I'm talking bright clean cities where people are engaged with each other. They have a sense of pride in themselves and the spaces they inhabit. I want a future where people feel as if they are in the future and the technology and culture begins to reflect that.
Like I said, rambles. But if you read this far, what are your thoughts? What's your future look like? Are you building it? Is anyone else?