I will open this article with a quote from an article, Why VCs should stop investing in ‘Internet’ startups and start investing in ‘tech’, that paints the picture clearly:
…Internet tech is just one sector of a much larger technological field. On its own, the Internet can’t solve all of the problems, or satisfy all of the needs, of humanity. As one of my friends once put it, “Social media can warn you that an asteroid is barrelling towards the earth, but it can’t do anything to stop it.”
Unfortunately, it looks like when the average person talks tech these days, it is within the confines of internet tech – apps and internet services. For example, why are we not seeing and hearing more of things going on in the automobile industry? That’s tech too.
Having stamped its foot firmly in internet tech, Google seems to be on an adventure into other areas of tech now: self-driving cars, and recently robots. Have you seen Big Dog in action? It is a four-legged robot whose builders, Boston Dynamics, Google recently purchased. Big Dog controlled, directed and stabilised by an onboard computer that receives input from various built-in sensors. Here is Big Dog in action:
It is something amazing and scary at the same time. But it is tech, and it will be a part of our future in different shapes and sizes. While the US says Big Dog will be deployed for carrying luggage in rough terrains where four-wheeled vehicles cannot go, it isn’t difficult to see something like this bearing firearms – missiles and guns. It isn’t difficult to envisage future versions of Big Dog being used for patrol and for hunting down people. Surely, Star Wars is upon us.
And talking of Star Wars, we will be seeing more in the lines of robotics and artificial intelligence. We will see more along the lines of laser technology, new propulsion systems (especially for space flight), holographic projections, self-renewing energy systems, and so much more in the years ahead. We should start talking more about these other tech things. And we should invest more in them. They are the future.