When you consider the evolution of information processing which began with oral sounds, then Language, symbols, writing, the Press, and now the Computer, then maybe can you begin to get a sense that the next disruptive information processing technology will have an even bigger impact on our lives and culture.
Gutenberg Press Photo via historyofprint.blogspot.com
Today digital information technology already has a prominent place is most peoples lives, from Smart Phones and GPS Navigation systems, to instant access to global information through the web.
In the footwear industry, digital information technology is encouraging the creation of online customizing applications, augmented reality interaction and the development of microchips that fit inside product.
But how will digital technology evolve and how will the next disruptive innovation in information processing effect footwear design?
Is there a place for footwear design in a world of Technological Singularity and what will it be like?
What will the future be like? Futurist Ray Kurzweil had this to say back in 2006
and more recently in 2012.
How will fashion and sport evolve as our culture becomes increasingly rooted in digital technology?
What will happen to footwear should humans and computers merge? A day that is probably closer than we think considering creation for the internet, the cloud, collective intelligence, the recent introduction of Augmented Reality and Google Glass.
The Future Footwear Perspective.