Future Calling

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day is celebrated on May 17 every year. In 1865, on this day, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) was founded and the first International Telegraph Convention was signed. Communication is one of humankind’s basic needs. Over time, communication devices have moved many steps ahead, from telegrams to wireless technology. Today, communication technology also uses artificial intelligence (AI). SCARLETT RODRIGUES asked a few RobinAgers from Mumbai where they think communication technologies are headed in the next 25 to 30 years. Here’s what they had to say!

May 16, 2022

Aarav Vyas
Class 9, Thakur International School

Our increasing dependence on telecommunication has led to gadgets with new features flooding the markets every day. In the future, I think there will be numerous ecosystems similar to the
Apple ecosystem that will ensure consumers have a better user experience. People will interact, communicate and socialise in the metaverse. 25 to 30 years from now, things that one can only dream of currently will be possible. Hologram technology will enable our presence at places without being physically present. This will allow people from different corners of the world to meet virtually at any time. We will live in a 2D or 3D world using a Virtual Reality (VR) headset. Telecommunication will have no boundaries.

Epshita Gurbani
Class 9, Thakur International School

I feel wireless high-definition video calling and virtual reality will be a part of our daily lives in the future. Wireless internet will be accessible at an unimaginable speed with 6G and 7G networks and their successors. Microchips implanted in our brain will enable us to not only communicate with humans, but also with computers, robots and other machines. Though the development of telecommunication has its pros, I feel it will pose a threat to relationships in the future. Communication will be impersonal and people will not be able to create deep bonds with one another. Companies should also work towards reducing the cost of telecommunication gadgets and services so that everyone has access to them.

Ayaan Moorjani
Class 7, Billabong High International School

Presently, people use smartphones that have a touch screen, which was once a dream. In the future, foldable technology will allow us to roll and fold our gadgets like a sheet of paper. Peo-ple probably won’t even need phones to communicate. A chip inserted in the human brain will enable communication without having to speak. Messaging applications and e-mails will be obsolete by then. People will be able to connect with a person in a different country or even a different planet using just their mind. The information exchanged during every interaction will be stored in the chip. Communication technology will be unimaginable!

Tapas Agrawal
Class 7, Billabong High International School

The adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) in telecommunication will improve its efficiency. The speed of wireless internet will be higher than ever and it will be accessible anywhere. If we were on a space tour, we would still be in touch with people on Earth effortlessly. Though telecommunication has its benefits, there are some dangers involved with the improvement of technology at such a fast pace. Companies will have to work towards ensuring that the security and privacy of each and every customer are maintained.

Dhruv Shah
Class 9, Vibgyor Roots and Rise

As telecommunication is a competitive industry, there will be many advancements in this field. I can predict that there will be a technology that will connect us to another person just by thinking about them or saying their name out loud. The gadgets we use will reduce in size. I am looking forward to wearing a smartphone on my wrist. Hologram technology will help us see and enjoy the company of a person as though they were right in front of us. During the pandemic, the world stayed connected through video calls and virtual meetings. In the future too, hologram meetings will be an option for people who are unable to be physically present at a place. Though this technology will be beneficial, it may also be addictive. People will soon prefer to connect with each other virtually rather than face-to-face.

REFLECTION: Slave to Technology

How do you think mobile phones and e-mail have changed communication skills?

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