“THE FUTURE IS HERE” – MY TOASTMASTERS SPEECH.

Rupert Murdoch, founder and head of News Corporation, once said:

“The world is changing very fast. Big will not beat small anymore. It will be fast beating slow.”

THE FUTURE IS HERE

Mr Toastmaster, fellow Toastmasters, most distinguished guests,

Our family church significantly influenced the first 17 years of my life in very many ways. One particular area of influence was prayer. Almost all the prayers we prayed ended with this doxology:

“As it was in the beginning, it’s now, and ever shall it be, world without end, Amen.”

I loved that prayer. Not anymore.  To me, that prayer is “logically fallacious” because our world has changed tremendously. A classic example of that change is the progression of information technology. Let me explain.

  • To reach a market audience of 50 million, it took Radio 38 years; TV 13 years; Internet 4 years; iPod 3 years; but Facebook just 2 years.
  • SLIDE 8 - REACHNG 50 MILLION MARKET AUDIENCE
  • There were 1,000 internet devices in 1984; 1,000,000 in 1992; but 1,000,000,000 in 2008.
  • The top 10 in-demand jobs in 2010 did not exist in 2004.
  • The vocabulary of the English language has increased 5 times since the days of William Shakespeare.
  • The New York Times in a week has more information than a person who lived in the 18th Century would have gathered in an entire lifetime.
  • Information generated in 2008 alone was more than all the information that was generated in 5,000 years before 2008.
  • The amount of technical information is doubling every two years.  Consequently, all technical information that students are taught in Year 1 of a 4-Year technical degree program will be outdated by the 3rd Year.  Technical information was predicted to double every 72 hours in 2010.SLIDE 9 - THE NUMBER OF INTERNET DEVICES

These startling statistics – these numbing numbers – about the progression of information technology was researched by Karl Fisch, Scott McLeod, and Jeff Bronman in 2008. They concluded their research with a profound statement:

“We are living in exponential times.”

That statement implies two things: 

(1) We can’t predict the future;

(2) The future has invaded the present.

So, how has the future invaded the present? I’ll talk about two ways in which the future has invaded the present.

First, the future is changing the way we travel.

 Do you know that you can be in two places at the same time?  Do you know that very soon you’ll be able to go from place to place without using your car?

Cars, train, airplane and rocket were invented to decrease the amount of time it would take to get to our destinations. Each of these forms of transportation requires us to cross a physical distance. As I speak, Telecommunication and Transportation have merged to produce a new way of travelling called Teleportation.

In your office in 2030, you won’t have to call people with your phone. You’ll just com­mand your computer, “Computer, call Donald at the London office.” Suddenly, one of your office walls will flicker, and Donald will be standing in front of you as if he were physically there.

SLIDE 3 - TELEPORTATION 1.0

Also in 2030 while you are in a train from Milan to Geneva, you’ll be able to have a meeting with your client in China, eat dinner with your spouse in Texas, watch movie with your children in Amsterdam, and virtually participate in a music concert in Berlin.

In July 2007, former US Vice President Al Gore addressed 2 billion people live at Live Earth Conference in Tokyo without leaving America.

In January 2008, HRH Prince Charles gave a keynote live at the Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi without leaving Buckingham Palace.

The good thing about Teleportation is that it allows the expression of body language, and enhances what we see, hear, touch and smell. Teleportation will drastically reduce travelling and tremendously improve work/life balance.   

The second way the future has invaded the present – and the last one I’ll talk about – is that…

(2) The future is changing Public Speaking.

Do you know that you can give your speech, hands-free, eyes on the audience, while reading your text from the corner of your right eye? I have seen the future of public speaking, and it is…Google Glass!

Google Glass is a wearable computer that is capable of reflecting projected images. It also allows the wearer to see through it. The Glass puts data in the upper right corner of the wearer’s vision. Once you’ve finished typing your speech, you can upload it directly to Google Glass, where it floats invisibly in front of your eyes. You can read your speech and still maintain eye contact with your audience without them knowing that you’re reading it.

SLIDE 5 - GOOGLE GLASS

That’s what a teleprompter does. But Google Glass will make the Teleprompter obsolete because it will do the same job the teleprompter does and additionally allows the speaker the ease of moving about without restriction.

I have seen the future of Public Speaking. And it is Google Glass.

In conclusion, I stopped praying this prayer because I didn’t want to permanently confine myself to the prison of antiquity.

This speech admonishes us to begin now to adapt our minds to this emerging way of working in mixed virtual realities – as presented by Teleportation. 

It enjoins us to shift our paradigm to embrace the new world realities – as presented by Google Glass.

We must do these if we must succeed in this present age.

We should not step back to live in choking antiquity. We should not keep on living in the fleeting present. We should step up to live in cutting-edge future.

 The future is here, right here.

“The world is changing very fast. Big will not beat small anymore. It will be fast beating slow.”

Thank you.

Mr Toastmaster!

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