The web as we know it is a little over 20 years old, yet the advances we’ve seen in that short period of time are huge.
From having slow dial-up connections that were cost-prohibitive for most people to start with, to the social networks that have changed the way we connect personally and professionally, it’s almost as if something new is appearing every day to make us re-evaluate how we surf.
Or look at mobile handsets. Back when they first made an appearance in the 80’s, they were the big cumbersome bricks that needed their own separate power pack and briefcase to run. Now, you have all your work and business needs plugged into a handset no bigger than a credit card.
Technology moves fast, and you have to move fast to keep up with it. Conferencing is no different.
We’ve seen a ton of changes in the last few years when it comes to how stable and productive conferencing software and platforms can be.
Of course, having a reliable service provider for your phone or web services definitely helps, but the conferencing part has seen big changes.
From its start as an option to have multiple people on the same phone call, to using video to connect people and then the web to have truly cost-effective international conferencing, the advances that conferencing alone has seen in the last few years have been pretty innovative.
So what will the future hold?
Could we essentially see holodecks for conferencing? Think of the chess game in the original Star Wars, or the alternative reality decks in Star Trek where crew members can escape from the ship’s sterile surroundings.
(And apologies if you’re not a sci-fi fan!).
Wouldn’t it be cool to have all members of your conference connect from wherever they are, but everyone looks to be in attendance because your hologram is being projected? There’s already software available (mainly for education purposes) that sees you placed inside an office surrounding when you call in via video – holograms would be the natural progression.
Or how about (legally) tapping into conference calls that interest you as a sports fan, or a charity supporter, due to your location? If your cell phone is plugged into the GPS system, your location could be used to help you join any topics that are being discussed that you could offer an opinion on.
Obviously this would be most beneficial with conferencing being second nature as opposed to “that business platform”, but that’s where companies like ours are making huge strides in achieving.
Education, and cross-cultural classes and courses are also a big part of where we see the future of conferencing going. Imagine classes all around the world dropping in to listen to the master teacher in a specific field? And auto-translation services make sure everyone’s catered to.
These are exciting times we live in – it’s always amazing to be a part of it, because we know wherever we are now is nothing compared to where we’ll be soon.