In recent years, I have become increasingly interested in the interface between humans and machines, and thus the world of cyborgs. This was first formally articulated in my presentation entitled “How will the world communicate in 2113?” given at the Commonwealth Summer School held in Cumberland Lodge on 9th August 2013. However, as part of the ITU’s ongoing discussion on ICTs in the future, associated with the Leadership Summit on the Future currently being held during its Telecom World (#ituworld) event in Doha , I was asked to put together a prediction and a single slide summarising some of my thoughts on the future of communication. So, to give this a little more visibility, I thought I would also post it here:
My actual short quotation was “The future is not so much about the Internet, but rather about the human-machine interface. Cyborgs are already with us. If we do not want humans to be mere appendages of machines, we must act now!””
I have to admit that I found the actual ITU session to be much less inspirational than I had expected/hoped it might be – there was very little new in what was discussed! I was therefore actually rather sad that the presentation that I sent to the ITU for possible inclusion amongst its predictions was seen as being rather too provocative for inclusion!