Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Week 3: DQ1

Identify and describe a major trend in information systems. If this trend continues, what will the future of computers look like? Describe the hardware, software, and applications that you expect to be prevalent in the future, and explain how their emergence is rooted in the historical development of information technology.

My response

The other day I was watching a show called "Oddities" on the Discovery Channel (2012) and it features a store called Obscura Antiques & Oddities.  The store features many eclectic items that people have sold or wish to purchase.  In the episode that I watched, a man brought in an artifact that the store owners were unsure of the authenticity of.  Especially since seller was trying to sell it for $50,000, the store owners needed to verify that this artifact was the real deal.  They eventually had to take it to a university that had the proper equipment run the artifact through a scanner that derived 3D data directly to a database with 3D images of the inside and outside of the artifact.  The system had the ability to virtually cut through the 3D image to see the age and authenticity of the artifact.

The popularity of 3D technology in general has produced a substantial impact on our society.  From entertainment to data analysis, 3D technology is making it's way up the technology ladder.  Some of my friends believe that 3D technology is a fad because when it first because popular to us in the 1980's, it died fairly quickly.  I believe that 3D technology is becoming more popular now though because of the new technology and enhanced knowledge that we have.  I think that we will eventually see something like what we would on Star Wars with 3D portable communications and computer systems in the distant future.  Joking aside, the future does hold some potential even now and especially in the medical industry, for items such as BioDigital Systems (2011) where their software and hardware stores and presents data for doctors to use to analyze their patients without surgery.

Discovery Channel. (2012). Oddities. Retrieved from http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/oddities/
BioDigital Systems. (2011). BioDigital: 3D medical visualization & information systems. Retrieved fromhttp://www.biodigital.com/medical-visualization.html?section=systems-4