In my early teen years I watched movies where business people would hold live video conferences. Back then, it was such advanced technology that only high class sophisticated business people could engage in such a conferencing capability. I was baffled and only wished that one day I would be able to take part in a video conference.
Last weekend, I was a restaurant and a few tables down a group of business people were having a video conference over dinner. Today, the technology that once baffled my mind is so easily accessed that I sit here and poke fun at the unique use of video conferencing.
Ironically, this week, after poking fun at video conferencing in the past weekend, I held my first business related video conference. Although it was not as glamorous as I had imagined it would have been as a young teen, it was an interesting first experience. The interaction is extremely different and more personal when you see someone’s face and hear their voice.
Now I wonder. Will technology further advance conferencing options? How will conferencing take itself to the next level? How will people anticipate this next level? Will people poke fun at the technology once it becomes mainstream? Will it offer more personal interaction than video conferencing? What’s next? Holograms?
The places technology takes us.