Glenn Ricart — technology predictions 2015

Glenn Ricart, CEO of LambdaRail, opened the BCNET/CANARIE Conference this morning with a few predictions about how technology adaptations will impact how people conduct their business in 2015. In his examination, Ricart spoke of technology drivers such as energy conservation, and new form factors, such as the desire to operate highly graphical environments.

According to Ricart, the future can be imagined by looking at the entertainment industry.  It is here that people are willing to spend money for new technology, and the average consumer really feels the results.  Thus, the future of technology is high definition and 3D. Nothing new to the HPC community, who already interact with the world in this way. Other technology sectors will also be driven by models that are coupled with current real data, creating richer interactions between people, electronic devices, and corporate business models.

Ricart was very detailed in his prediction of  the future of wireless in 2015, and posits that two interesting things will happen. Firstly, the current use of spectrum will change as electronically steerable antennas become more pervasive. To demonstrate how this could work, Ricart pulled out a battered old tin can that was attached to a number of wires.  This is his personal solution to capturing wifi frequencies when he doesn't want to pay for a connection on the road. While the 2015 edition of this home-made device will look a lot more spiffy, Ricart was able to demonstrate how simple it is to solve the problem of capturing wifi signals.

Ricart also sees a better use of spectrum in the future, such as radios that don't have assigned frequency but use what is available around them. This cognitive radio would be aware of its surrounding environment and use information about its environment to  adapt its internal states to statistical variations.

All in all, it was fascinating to glimpse into the near future and predict the changes in how technologies will be adapted and used to meet the changing needs of businesses and consumers.