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March 01 2013

Commentary by Eoin Treacy

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on a vision of the future
“This video is very entertaining and possibly useful for divining the future of personal computing. Although couched an "Ozzie and Harriet" theme (US 50's TV show) the technology imagined seems reachable. Whether we reach the ideal society depicted in this production is another story!”

Eoin Treacy's view Thank you for this imaginative video. It is produced by Corning which is a company probably best known for producing the screens for Apple products and LCD TVs. Its view of the future unsurprisingly includes a great deal of glass but as you say most of it is not that difficult to imagine.

Something that has been at the back of my mind for some time is the fact that every major innovation in how we store or communicate information has been associated with a major leap forward in technological development. The internet, cloud computing and social media not only facilitate the pace of discovery, patent lodging and advancement but virtually ensure that we are no longer as risk of losing our collective knowledge as a result of war or natural disaster. Throughout history the destruction of libraries by either of these events set back our collective knowledge sometimes by centuries. We now have the capacity to ensure this never happens again.

Carbon nanotubes, graphene, other nanotechnologies, genetics, robotics and intelligent software all represent major areas of future innovation, efficiency and hence productivity growth that can drive future bull markets.

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