With these iconic achievements safe and secure in the history books, the future of computing is still unwritten. However, is it possible to tell what kind of technology will be feasible later down the line? As computers become smaller, more powerful and further ingrained in our daily lives, it may well logically follow that our reliance on them will increase as a result.
Things that we didn’t include on our list, like voice control and virtual reality, have already made their presence felt in the digital world – moving from their comparatively limited, primitive beginnings to bring the future into the here and now.
As well as the evolution of these developments, academics and experts point to things like emotion sensing – where machines can predict our wants and needs based on our moods – while gestural sensing will work to lessen the physical contact between ourselves and technology, allowing for control over devices with hand and body motions.
Meanwhile, it’s been said that quantum computing – the introduction of physics into the field of computer science – will drastically reduce computers to the size of an atom. Computing’s convergence with biology, as a means of learning about and potentially curing illnesses, is something else that has been pointed to as a clue to where we might be heading. And, in the digital world, change happens quickly, so we might see these incredible innovations sooner than first thought.