The Magic of 'What If': The Next Big Leap in Innovation Is Coming
In 1962, futurist Arthur C. Clarke famously wrote “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
And indeed, in the nearly 60 years since Clarke made this statement, we have witnessed giant leaps in technology that initially may have seemed, well, like magic. Think about these technologies and how upon first blush the general response would be “it’s magic”:
Landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth in 1969 — one of the greatest engineering feats of mankind
Making the first cellular phone call in 1973 in the middle of a New York City street
Browsing the World Wide Web through the first browser in 1990 and connecting billions of people from around the world on the internet
These technologies had a profound impact on science and society. It is safe to say that in the case of all of these technologies, at the core, the concepts of innovation, aspiration, and inspiration played a big part:
Innovation in seeing a different way of doing things and using available technology to assemble the pieces or to create altogether new technology to enable the dream
Aspiration by the engineers and scientists to propel humanity to the next level
Inspiration in showing the world a new or different way of thinking and doing
We are certainly in a time of new innovation, with the world waiting to be inspired, and aspiring creators and inventors constantly pushing the boundaries of technology and asking the persistent question of “what if.”
A digital way of life is unfolding before our very eyes with everything from new ways of shopping, learning, working, exploring, entertaining, communicating, traveling, investing, creating, and interacting. We are living in a digital world that we want to be as safe, secure, and comfortable as our physical world.
Are you ready for the next big leap in innovation powered by aspiration and inspiration? Let Akamai and AT&T show you how we make it possible.