The technological future of the Shift Age could easily be an entire book. In fact there could be entire books on many of the individual technological transformations, inventions and iterations briefly discussed in this chapter. But I am a futurist, not a technologist, so this chapter will address, at a high and simple level, the areas and types of technology that will come into being during this age and, equally importantly, how these technologies might alter the lives of many of us if not all of us.
In this chapter, I have grouped these technologies into two segments.
- The first are the technologies that are now coming into marketplace acceptance and are therefore in early stage influence.
- The second are those technologies that could be and will be invented and come to market in the next 10–20 years. These two groups are respectively called Emerging Transformative Technologies and Transformative