Week Eleven – The Future of Interop

  1. Because it’s been a long semester, I decided to begin by first seeking out a brief summary of the importance of interop as a refresher. While this video focuses on a very specific medium (video calling), it is highly effective in demonstrating the importance of interoperability and presenting areas for improvement. It was successful in returning me to the interop mindset which allowed me to more creatively brain storm areas in which society could be enhanced, should we simply make the decision to work together.
  2. From there, I began sniffing out clues as to where technology is headed in the modern world in terms of interoperability. One of the most informative resources I came across was the official blog for an annual interop conference whose yearly installment is quickly approaching. In preparation, many experts have been adding their two cents to the blog with the intention of getting participants stoked for the big event. One post I found particularly interesting was the one above, written by Barb Goldworm. What I found to be interesting about this article was Barb’s take on modern technology and interoperability – notably, the move to encompass everything. It is Barb’s belief that, as things continue to move forward, the focus will move towards the virtualization and networking of, quite literally, everything.
  3. As a New Media student, interoperability is of particular importance to me, though perhaps on a different level than this course has covered. In my classes, we are taught a great deal about physical computing, and the notion of making objects in the physical world communicate, be it with users, with the internet, or with other objects. I believe this is going to be of utmost importance in the not-so-distant future. Already we are seeing appliances that communicate with their users, such as fridges and washing machines, with the intent of educating and informing appliance owners of usage and efficiency. In my program, we are encouraged to come up with innovative technologies such as these and attempt to realize them. This book, Making Things Talk, has proven to be a valuable resource in this realm. Though this link offers only a preview, I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking to experiment with innovation at the hands-on level. Who knows what you could come up with!
  4. Lastly, I came across this extremely interesting YouTube video which serves as a projection of what Dr. James Canton believes we can expect in the technological future. Though it is somewhat lengthier than videos I usually feature on this blog, I do believe it is worth viewing. Dr. Canton touches on many aspects of the future of innovation, from business endeavours, to social aspects, to the medical industry. Undoubtedly, further development of technology and interoperability it going to have a profound impact on the world as we know it. Though we cannot determine exactly how, it is definitely valuable to begin to speculate at the level of the individual. After all, giving thought to these things is the first step towards innovation, and innovation can lead to great things.
  5. Having signed up for EID 100, it can be assumed that we all have taken an interest in the future of technology and the implications of further development. It is reasonable to assume, then, that perhaps you have done some speculating as to what you believe the future holds. In your opinion, what will the world of tomorrow look like? Do you have any particular hopes or doubts? What are your own goals in relation to technology and interoperability?
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