IT Management Slideshow: Eight Technology LetdownsBy Tony Kontzer | Posted 11-10-2009
Eight Technology Letdowns
1. Virtual Reality
26 years (!) after the movie "Brainstorm" piqued our curiosity, most people don't get any more "virtual" than Second Life or the latest episode of "Survivor."
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2. Home Automation
Lights, thermostats, and the coffee-maker, maybe, but not so much on the rest of the smart house scenario. The Jetsons this ain't.
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3. The Paperless Office
Yeah, right. So much for saving those rain forests.
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4. Time Management
Computers bring efficiency, but that piles more tasks onto workers, while ubiquitous communications devices make certain we're never far from work.
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Moving sidewalks, flying cars, suction tubes zapping us from one place to another -stuck in neutral. Heck, we have wait lists just to a get a Prius.
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6. Register-Free Checkout
RFID chips embedded in product packaging and ATM cards were supposed to do away with checkout lines. Not yet.
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Surgeons operating anywhere, via robotics, high-speed data connections, and electronic medical records!
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Meals-in-a-pill? Instead, we've got genetically altered foods, e.coli cross-contamination of crops, and rampant obesity.