We may think of future technology as being flying cars or robot butlers, but in actuality the device you are using to read this was considered future technology just a few years ago. In addition, even among those who said they are hopeful that digital life will be more helpful than harmful and among those who said there will not be much change, there were many who also expressed deep concerns about people’s well-being in the future.
Marty’s clock radio is umber retro in today’s eyes, as it’s lacking a digital display, the video camera they use to film Einstein’s time travelling exploits would never fit into a handbag for a night out, personal cassette players have been replaced by iPods and the TVs have most certainly changed a bit too.
Recognition of this fact is of critical importance as we enter a new era that is defined by the combinatorial effects of a multitude of transformative technologies in areas such as mobility, the Internet of Things (IoT), distributed computing and artificial intelligence (AI).
Since then the researchers have been pushing the envelope on their technology and have developed a self-charging system that not only converts alternating current to direct current but also features a power management unit that adapts to the variability in human movement.
Overall, for example, we estimate that the United States has captured only 18 percent of its potential from digital technologies, while Europe has captured only 12 percent Emerging economies are even further behind, with countries in the Middle East and Brazil capturing less than 10 percent of their digital potential.