Things are about to get interesting. So many new technologies have already made their way into our homes, and new technology will continue to accelerate. According to futurist Gerd Leonhard, we are about to transcend Humanity. By 2027 – computers will reach the potential of the human brain.
Depending on what side of the fence you sit on when it comes to future technology, Artificial Intelligence, and the Singularity, you might either feel terrified or excited. But – you can’t deny that technology drastically changes the way we do things, including how we consume entertainment. Here are a few predictions of what home entertainment will look like in 10-15 years.
Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Will Rule Your Screens
Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are not new technologies. They have already existed for quite some time. But some futurists predict we will begin using these technologies to interact with our entertainment. “Live” entertainment might take on a new connotation, where you view and interact with a live concert or sporting event from the comfort of your home. VR and AR headsets or glasses can help this future become a reality (pun intended). Using POV live video, viewers could zoom in on a musician’s face or instrument at a concert, or watch a pro football game from the quarterback’s point-of-view.
Last week, I was watching the live-action Jungle Book movie, and I was wishing I could take out my phone (without being rude) and check IMDB to search which actors were voicing what animals. It was driving me nuts. AR could be the answer to this vexing and important problem. With AR glasses, I could watch the movie, check IMDB for actor’s notes, add clothing or other products I like in the movie to a wish list, and maybe even learn a little about the landscape or history of the location about which the movie takes place. It’s hard to know if users will want to be disturbed from their movie watching in this way, but the technology might be coming either way.
“Ten years from now the TV is not really a screen anymore so much as a window into a virtual world.”
Michael A. Rogers, NYT futurist
TV will be everywhere. We wrote recently about the Internet of Things, and how cable can take advantage of IoT to be the gatekeeper. Rogers takes this a step further to say that people will want a “home page” in their living room that integrates all their IoT apps. Cable companies will facilitate TV Everywhere by ensuring one seamless Wi-Fi connection from the home, to the car, to the office, to the bathroom. Since self-driving cars will be a thing sooner than later, it makes sense that TV will be integrated into vehicles. Many cars already have screens for DVDs or downloaded streams, so it’s not a big jump to assume that those cars will broadcast live and streaming TV too. Because, you know, you won’t be driving your own car.
Screens will also just continue to get bigger. Rogers sees a floor-to-ceiling OLED TV as an economic possibility by 2025. In my house, I feel like our TV is already the size of the wall, so I guess going a little bigger won’t feel too strange.
The Brain-net Will Be a Thing
Famed futurist Ray Kurzweil thinks by 2030, humans are going to be artificially intelligent. We will connect our brains to the cloud via nanobots in our body. Yikes. In other words, we will be able to “back-up” our brains to the cloud, and never lose a memory again. Dr. Michio Kaku, professor of theoretical physics at the City University of New York and author of “The Future of the Mind” has a similar prediction. He calls it the brain-net, where our thoughts, feelings, memories, etc. will be transmitted instantly. You will then be able to actually feel what someone else is feeling, potentially allowing everyone to experience the pain of others.
TV and movie viewing will be elevated to a new level from what we have today. We can plug in to how a character in a show is feeling, and the brain-net in combination with VR can make you feel like you are that character in the story. Someday, I will know what being Superman feels like. Awesome.
Digital Ethics Will Be the Future’s Hot Topic
Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking are both on the “Artificial Intelligence equals our doom” side of things. At a MIT presentation, Musk went so far to say that, "With artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon." Even Kurzweil, who embraces AI and the Singularity has said that “technology is a double-edged sword … every technology has had its promise and peril. We have a moral imperative to continue reaping the promise [of artificial intelligence] while we control the peril.”
Musk believes that we will need some sort of regulatory oversight for companies developing AI solutions. Ethical dilemmas such as whether we should or should not continue to develop AI will dominate the future political landscape. Other ethical questions might include whether we should control the weather, or ensure that people live well past the average human life span with digital implants.
It is hard to know precisely the direction of home entertainment. But if technology continues to accelerate at its current pace (or speeds up), one thing is certain: we are in for some cool experiences. Are you an entrepreneur with a great tech product, but want more from an accelerator than just a demo day? Apply for UpRamp’s Fiterator today, and be part of tomorrow’s technology future.