During the 20th century, there’s no doubt that technologies evolved rapidly. It changed the way the industry of almost all fields work, how we communicate, to even how we socialize. Dyson et. al (1994) mentioned that “socially, putting advanced computing power in the hands of entire populations will alleviate pressure on highways, reduce air pollution, allow people to live further away from crowded or dangerous urban areas, and expand family time.” Now in the 21st century, it doesn’t differ. With such technologies available now and making use of cyberspace, communicating with others don’t have to be physically done anymore. We do not have to travel far distance to keep in contact with friends, even though we live in the edge of the world, all we need is a mobile device or a computer with internet access and distance if no more a factor. I still do believe that having verbal communication with another person physically there would be more genuine but it would be ridiculous to spend hundreds or thousands, or to travel by car for hours to just have a word or two with friends or relatives. Using these technologies is the best alternative to keep them close.
Another interesting point that was mention by Dyson et. al (1994) is that “cyberspace will play an important role knitting together in the diverse communities of tomorrow, facilitating the creation of “electronic neighborhoods” bound together not by geography but by shared interests.” as mentioned before, distance is no longer a factor in socializing with millions around the world. Having social sites in the Internet or forums allow us to make friends with common interest easily. It both works almost the same way, register for an account, join a group of your interest, and start socializing, it’s that easy. As Marshall McLuhan defines the global network as a “global village”.
It is almost impossible to foresee the future of technologies and the cyberspace, but looking at how advance technologies are these days, whatever that comes next it wouldn’t be a surprise anymore. We are constantly looking for gadgets or machines that helps us work less but do more at the same time, so manufacturing companies or industries would stop at nothing to satisfy that need.
Dyson, E, Gilder, G, Keyworth, G & Toffler, A 1994, Cyberspace and the American Dream: A Magna Carta for the Knowledge Age, accessed 30/8/2012,http://www.pff.org/issues-pubs/futureinsights/fi1.2magnacarta.html