Q AN A-HOLE: HOW WILL WE CONSUME NEWS TWENTY YEARS FROM NOW?
think within 20 years, local and network newscasts like we see on TV at 6 and 11pm will be a thing of the past, which I find sad because those are actual newscasts. Cable news will be more outrageous, and even more aligned to people having their own facts. I lay the blame for the divisive nature of our politics and culture at the feet of the political blogosphere and cable news. 100 percent. If I could wave a magic wand and bring back Ed Murrow to kick the heads of the cable news networks square in the balls, I would.
I think we will consume news on demand, I think voice assistants (like Alexa or Google or Siri) will deliver it. The real revolution over the next 10 to 20 years is going to be how well voice assistants integrate into our lives, AND how small we can make the tech that delivers it. Today, I can take just my watch and my Airpods and have a connection to Siri, and to my music. I think eventually I'll have complete access within 5 years with just those two devices, and then it's just a matter of making it smaller, like a ring. The obstacle to that is power management, of course.
I grew up watching Star Trek, and later devouring cyberpunk fiction. My vision for the future and how I interact with technology, and how I consume content with that technology is biased towards those stories. I want the option of a screen, not the necessity of one. I want to verbally communicate with my tech, and have it communicate with me in natural language. I even want it to be able to anticipate what I need based on some contextual clues.
Of course, there will still be times when a screen is unavoidable, and I haven't given thought to what that would look like, but I'd love to see it integrated with something else that i carry. Glasses? Maybe an embedded display on a lens? So I can read your power level?