Remember the predictions leading up to the moon landing? The black and white footage of the future complete with flying cars, self cleaning kitchens and entire homes controlled by a central computer enticed everyone. But while these predictions have not yet come to fruition, we have certainly begun to see everyday technologies being merged together, creating more integrated and seamless uses of communications.
Mobile phones, SMS text messaging, instant messaging and email has revolutionised the way we communicate. Now however companies are coming up with ways to integrate these technologies - making them more universally available and interchangeable.
Mobile phones have probably seen the most advancement in recent years; no longer are they just for conversation. They have also become cameras, mp3 players, radios, internet browsers and computer file store. They are little computers in - and of - themselves and despite all of these new add-ons are still shrinking in size!
Most mobile phones also serve as an SMS text messager making it possible to send text messages to other phone, while there are even devices that combine the technologies of a mobile phone and a computer making it possible to send and receive emails on the go. In fact, they come with a mini keyboard allowing you to type as you would on a regular computer. Now there is even technology that allows users to send cheap sms messages from your computer to others mobile phones making yet another bridge between technologies
Advances in technology have also enabled mp3 players to expand into the video world, allowing users to upload videos on their players to watch. These players can also be used as computer file storage devices, serving as the carrier in between two computers and enabling files to be shared.
One of the first advancements in the internet after email was instant messaging. This allowed people to send messages via computer to other users across the world, and with advances in internet speed and rapidly expanding broadband services, instant messaging has become hugely popular with computer users. This has been further expanded with the capability to make phone calls through VOiP (voice over internet protocol) technology. This technology allows users to speak over the phone for very little cost and in some cases for free, depending on the service used and the circumstances of the call.
In the future we will see more advancement in technology. Not only will we witness new innovations, but more ways to integrate the technology that we already enjoy on a daily basis. Maybe someday soon we will also see flying cars and teleportation become reality