When HP turns 100

It was a moment of pride to see HP CEO Meg Whitman on stage calling out the HP milestones in the past 75 years in her keynote at the HP Discover conference.  The general session on the second day of the conference highlighted the synergies of partnership between HP, Intel and Microsoft charting the way forward based on the new wave of thinking. The conference laid the foundation for the attendees to think ahead about technology when HP turns 100 in 2039.  Attendees could share their thoughts in a one-minute video predicting the state of technology when HP turns 100.  I did as well.  Here are some additional thoughts in support of the observations I made in this video.

Watch my video from HP Discover 2014


Hello 2039!

Information. Data will continue to get generated but will be selectively processed with the application of complex analytics to generate information that matters. This will include information that you know you need and also information that you don’t even know exists. Upcoming information requirements will be anticipated ahead of time and presented to you for your consideration. For example, the weather patterns in your favorite vacation spot just around the time that you should be booking tickets a few weeks in advance — you may not even have thought of it.

Presentation. Information will be presented through different channels. It could be to any of the devices you adorn or could be the appliances that are part of your environment based upon your presence being detected. Your experience will continue to get personalized to the extent that you will virtually feel like you are the center of the universe wherever you go.

Interaction. Human to human interaction will occur more and more through devices. The significance of a physical hug or a handshake will continue to increase in value since it will become increasingly rare. Cursive writing has already taken a backseat. Given increasing levels of interaction through devices, even the basic articulation of your thoughts may become a legacy art over the years. Interaction that is happening today between the Internet of Things will continue to happen with a difference — today, things of today have to be engineered to interact with one another. In 25 years, the things would automatically figure out who they need to interact with. Let us just hope that humans will be somewhere in the list of things that they choose to interact with.

There is an imminent downside to these exciting technological prospects. The quantum of human knowledge will go through a steady decline. General knowledge that humans are aware of today without reaching out to any device (no Google or Wikipedia) will go through a rapid decline.

Imagination has no limits. And in that vein, the 2039 HP Discover conference will may not even have such a video booth in place. Because the Devices of 2039 would have already figured where technology is headed in the next 25 years! Click here to share your thoughts by video.

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