With how many individuals have you communicated today? Think hard for a moment, and start counting with whom you had any sort of exchange, either way. Your twitter followers, and those that you follow; All your Facebook friends that updated their statuses and others that read yours; Everyone with whom you exchanged an email or a phone call; Authors of the articles you read in the paper, companies with ads on a billboard or the subway; The clerk at the gas station that gave you your newspaper. If you're like me, the total probably ads up to at least a few hundred a day.
Communication, even when it's single-sided, is an important part of our everyday life. Without it, our lives would be as boring as we are individually - think about staying, alone in a room with no outside contact, for a day or a week. You'll probably find it hard to imagine or know you'd go completely bonkers pretty fast, right?
Now imagine the contrary; imagine having the ability to communicate with whomever, wherever, whenever you (and they) wanted; having all the information of the world directly accessible to you, and experts ready to answer any question you could possibly think of at any moment in your life.
And then think that this would happen both in realtime and unobtrusively. That is to say, talking to anyone would be done simply by thinking of them, then turning to talk to them and they would be standing right in front of you.
We are getting closer to this, albeit slowly, every day. Think about it, 100 years ago there was barely any TV to think of, the telephone connections were handled by live operators and lines were shared, and letters too days or weeks to arrive to destination. Today anyone can pick up a smartphone, open email or chat, and be in direct contact with anyone they know.
Communication has gone a very long way in a very short time, and it can only go farther even faster, along with the rest of the technology out there. I can't wait to see what'll be next, and how we are going to use this to our advantage.
What do you think? Do you think better communication is a good thing, and what do you thunk the next step is?
And guess what the third C is... Before I reveal it tomorrow ;)