The pace of technology is incredible. The challenge to keep up at LifeWay IT is exciting and something we’re all committed to. But the real challenge is keeping pace with Hollywood technology and predictions. It’s 2015 already (the year of the hover-board according to Back to the Future) and no hover-boards in sight. The year of the hover-board is a good time to stop and look at other examples of the pressure Hollywood is placing on the IT industry.
We’re 4 years away from having to deal with replicants (cyborgs?) if you believe Blade Runner. Time travel, no less, is only 12 years out according to Twelve Monkeys, 14 years according to The Terminator, and already should have happened according to the aforementioned Back To The Future.
Some changes are further out so we have a little more headroom. We have 33 years to get a colony on Mars with Arnold in Total Recall. Six years after that the police need to manage to predict the future, as in Minority Report. We have 48 years to achieve hyperspace travel, immediately after which we’ll be rewarded by making contact with an alien race, courtesy Star Trek.
Technology isn’t without its long-term challenges however. There’s vendor lock-in, ever-changing compliance standards, shadow IT, rising energy costs, and more. But still darker days are coming according to Wall-e when Earth’s resources are depleted 90 years from now (an optimistic 139 years according to Avatar). The planet is overrun by Apes in 1963 years. However, there is a silver lining: In a mere 248 years, love will destroy evil based on The Fifth Element.