Microsoft’s Vision of the Future, 2019

At the start of this month, Microsoft Corporation posted a five minute video that visualizes the year 2019.  Because it’s Microsoft, it shows a lot of gadgets. The irony of the situation for me is that I’m trying to use my Smojoe blog software to embed the video right here in this post, and I have… succeeded! Now I have to erase and rewrite everything I wrote about how technology fails people that are too cheap, dumb and lazy to utilize the software‘s most basic functionality. But the lesson remains – don’t give up. Just keep trying and you will eventually succeed, and perhaps you will get to live the dream presented here:

The video was debuted at Wharton Business Technology Conference on Feb 27th, 2009. The media is titled 2019, and now I shouldn’t have to remind you that’s only ten years away.

Arthur C. Clarke once said, “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic” and that’s what Microsoft has imagined. But of course it’s all possible. In this carefully prepared video it looks like Microsoft architects and visionaries are interpolating various research technologies like Surface and other technologies to show surfaces that can be manipulated, electronic paper, crazy video cellphones, touchscreen/remote-control walls and amazing hand held wands. They have not focused on automobiles or health science or architecture, which are the most obvious things people dream of when asked to consider the future. But rather this video shows a catalog of gadgets, and yes these objects really do look like magic.

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  • March 20, 2009 at 10:17 am
    Chris Mathieson

    They seem to have a love affair with e-paper type display technologies, and touch interfaces. In lots of ways, though, I’m surprised at how NON innovative it is. (Just relatively obvious extensions rather than hinting at real revolutions).

    Go back 20 years to some of the early “vision” videos that were put together by Sun or IBM, it’s interesting to note how quickly they age. I’m gonna have to go find some links, for comparison. 🙂


    ps. NetChick sent me.