Predicting the future of technology, even over just a few years, is mind-numbingly difficult. Science fiction writers and tech companies have tried and tried and, mostly, got it wrong. Why? One of the main reasons is that it’s far easier to imagine changes to existing things than entirely new things. But now and then something comes along and it all changes… Welcome to the world of “convergence technology” and “paradigm shifts”.
The concept of convergence technology is best understood by imagining the ultimate version of it – a device that just does everything. That’s pure science fiction, but take a look at your smartphone or tablet – it’s the best and most widespread example of convergence technology today. So what is convergence technology about, and why do we care? Read more »