Have you shot a dronie? If not, you probably will soon. Dronies are selfies filmed by remote-controlled drones, registering your face and surroundings from the sky. Dronies are the natural evolution of existing technological trends, and might teach us a broader lesson about what the future holds.
Many of us are uncomfortable with the rapid pace of technological development, and some of the changes can really get under our skin. We feel out of control, as if we can’t really do anything about what technology is doing to us. We feel powerless about affecting the future that is to come.
And yet, the future is malleable. We are free to shape it as we want. The fate of technology is not an undecipherable enigma that only engineers at Google, Amazon, or Samsung can solve. We can make better decisions in the present by developing a smarter understanding of the laws that govern technological evolution, of how it behaves over time, and what lies over the horizon. If we start thinking about these issues today, we can turn our discomfort into action.
The impression we might have from reading Wired or Engadget is how state-of-the-art technology is invariably exciting and moving at breakneck speed. However, we usually forget to consider its influence on us. We can do something about this by understanding technology patterns and thinking of how they might unfold. By contemplating desired and undesired consequences alike, we can better anticipate their future potential.