The Future Is Coming Faster Than You Think

My friend and colleague, Mary Graham, brought this concept video about the future to my attention. It is produced by Corning Glass. It shows what is possible in the near-future. It is worth taking five minutes to watch this.

In my role at Thomas Nelson, I have had the privilege of seeing some amazing technology. This one from Corning is similar to others I have seen from Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard. The future is coming faster than you think. Personally, this kind of stuff gets me excited.

What about you?

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  • Cyberquill

    Very nice. Frankly, though, I didn’t start paying attention to the video until about halfway through, because I thought I was watching one of these commercials one is often forced to watch before the actual clip begins. But then I figured, wow, that’s a looooooong commercial, so I realized that this must be the actual video.

    How did it make me feel about the future? Well, as the old saying goes, Glück und Glas—wie leicht bricht das!

  • Robert

    Is this our dream..a sterile world?

  • Ron Keener

    Dynamite video, and just a few years away. Recalls for me that fancy screens that CNN’s John King used during the last national elections, and that other networks have adopted since then. This video shows the consumer uses of the technology. Question is, how does the church use it? Or does it? If anyone can write about that for Church Executive, email me at

    Reminds me too of the screens that “H” uses on CSI: Miami in their police HQ. Only thing that isn’t real on that show is the 1 day turnaround on DNA tests. (And, oh, most of the series is actually filmed in Long Beach, CA, did you know?)

    Ron Keener

  • Linannal

    The implications for education are awesome! Having these options in the classroom would increase productivity in an incredible way. We could quit wasting money on paper textbooks that are out of date before we ever get them in the classroom. Individual needs would be so much easier to diagnose and meet. Taking the gifted children in-depth would be almost automatic without the usual problems that research can involve. Data driven education would become much less time consuming.

  • Linannal

    It just hit me that I actually had seen some of this last night at Disney on Ice in Dallas at the American Airlines Center. The restroom mirrors were plain until you walked up to them. The water started, the soap squirted, and an add popped up from within the mirror! We were laughing about it as we were leaving the arena. We were laughing about the different ads that popped up. Most of us didn’t read them because we were just laughing about the potential of the mirror sensing what add it would show to which person. Those possibilities will set your mind off in a different direction!

  • Beamusic2010

    I want now!!!!!!! right now!!! please!!!! everything!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • treydarbonne

    Wow! That’s about all I have after seeing that. Wow! Thanks, Mike for passing it on!

  • hornbeck

    Now imagine if Apple bought Corning

  • Katie Ganshert

    It makes me excited that my husband bought stock in Corning. :-)

  • Travis Dommert

    Ok, that just blew my mind. For a second, I even thought “wow, I can’t believe a house that high tech has a lame old white fridge!”

    Even if much of it *doesn’t* come to fruition, it begs the question…what is each of US doing to innovate and take our time and talents to a whole new level? Have you shown this to your employees? Inspiring.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Barbara Parentini

    I loved this video! WOW!! I would love to see some of these innovations be realized in my lifetime. If we can keep the heart of humanity beating strong in the world of the future, I look forward to it!

  • K.C. Pro

    Wow! That is incredible! Thank you for sharing.

    Almost makes the iPad look like child’s play.

  • ncarolinaFran

    I think I need to get a lot more organized to take advantage of this! (And I’d better get some new PJ’s or never walk into the kitchen the way I do now, else someone will know a lot more about me than I’d like!! lol) These people in the video are as amazing as the technology!

  • Lauren Rosenberg

    the video was interesting… some of the stuff was a bit over the top, i mean how much more convenient do we need life to be? in South Africa where i’m from, there’s a lot of new technology coming out to make life more convenient for a few who can afford it but not really for people who need innovation the most. the main idea i got out of this video are new possibilities for connecting people to ideas, this is super cool and exciting.

  • Jonathan West

    I reminds me a lot of a video “brainstorm” developed 3-4 years ago with Johnson Controls (my employer). It showed the “day” of a person enabled by all of the seamless integration of electronics of their car, home, office, phone, etc. It seems sometimes we’re a little bit like the other “quiet” Milwaukee company (Northwestern Mutual) that people don’t always realize the extent of our impact. [Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI) is the global leader that brings ingenuity to the places where people live, work and travel. By integrating technologies, products and services, we create smart environments that redefine the relationships between people and their surroundings. ]

  • Philipp Knoll

    The video is great. I truly like the esthetics of it. This piece shows were we as a society are headed. Some gadgets shown might take longer to bring to life than others. The direction is clear.

    Following the discussion provoked on thought. The Indians will love us to have all that technology. We’ll all need at least one VA to outsource to. Think of how many hours we’ll be forced to spend in line calling the tech support if those devices stop communicating with each others. ;)

    If it is Mac or any other company that delivers all this within one system then this will have a chance. Would you like to have your home and life run by a “PC-Windows”-kind of system with thousands of developers adding to it and possibly causing frustrating issues.

    Still, the future is looking good!

  • Andrew Weber

    Fantastic video! Thanks for sharing it and suggesting it’s really worth the 5 minutes!

  • David

    Wow, someone like Apple has great idea’s also. So when does it come out

  • Dr. Brad Semp

    Awesome – thanks for sharing, Michael! I’m a technology lover so I also find this “vision” exciting. However, paired with the excitement is a level of concern for how this technology will add to the “busyness” of our lives.

    Technology has always been purported as a means to make our lives simpler and easier. The reality is that with the benefits of technology comes more connectedness, less compartmentalizing, and increased busyness.

    How is someone going to be entirely present and in the moment with their spouse or children when they are bombarded with email, websites, information (and advertising) each time they look in the mirror, open the refrigerator, or hop into their car. A bit scary from that perspective….but very, very cool as a whole!

  • Hvanem

    After reading through all the comments, I feel a little hesitant to comment, but I found it kind of scary, really. I wonder at the ever increasing canyon between the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ and about the potential for censorship and government control. I don’t really think of myself as a ‘glass half full’ kind of person, but I found myself tipping the whole thing over to find a drop or two I could savour.

  • Alex Humphrey

    That is absolutely stunning, Michael.

    The thing that comes to my mind is the realization that this could come much sooner than we think. How old is the iPhone, 4 years? How about the internet, 15-20?

    The world is changing rapidly and if we think these things aren’t possible in the next 10 years, we are fools.

    Thank you for sharing!

  • Peter Hoppe

    This is AWESOME!!! I can’t wait!!! :)

  • mike

    Reminds me of a talk Kevin Kelley did recently. I really like that video you posted, I saw it some time ago, but it’s good to see it again. Kevin Kelly talk on the future of media.

  • Ron Dawson

    Very cool stuff. Although looks like there will be even more opportunities for distraction (the idea of getting emails on my mirror while I’m in the middle of brushing my teeth is a scar though. :)

    Whatever the future will hold though, I have no doubt Apple will make it first. ;)

  • Mighty

    these kinds of stuff also get me excited. They kinda make sci-fi lit outdated. interesting! :D

  • Jim Whitaker

    This reminds me a little of the Microsoft surface or table that they were working on at one time. But it moves beyond that to integration that is fascinating in the life of someone. Their concept for flexible glass and selectively tinted windows is fascinating. Consider this with the integration of social networking and cell technology and you could have real time info at your finger tips about people who call you. It s amazing what the world will be like in 10-15 years.

  • John

    This reminds me of the films Gattaca and Minority Report. It also reminds me of something a GM exec once said, that the future of media is “any image at any time.” The world portrayed in this video was one in which screens were ever present and indeed you could conjure up just about any image at any time, and your whole life was integrated by screen devices. I’m not sure I want to live that way, despite the sleek, modern feel of the life portrayed in that video. I prefer having a break from screens once in a while, to take in the beauty of creation in natural HD, namely, my own eyes.

  • Joydekok

    Seems easy and a gracious way to live – although I’m sure there’s a learning curve. I’d love it all except the bathroom part. Just one place without a screen – please! Otherwise, I think it’s fantastic and I hope to experience some of this in my life time.

  • Dusty Robinson

    Excited to see some of that make it to reality. I think my favorite part about that version of the future is how clean everything is :)

  • Joe Lalonde

    That’s some pretty amazing technology. I admit, it gets me excited too! But it’s also a little scarey. It looks like a lot of this will keep us more “connected” than ever.

  • Anonymous

    I only skimmed the comments so forgive me. Anyone else notice that the couple went to bed opposite of where they woke up in the beginning of the video.

  • Andrew Conard

    Michael – Thank you for sharing this video. I appreciate the clarity of a preferred future that @corning has for their products. Outside of the technological wizardry (which I do appreciate), there are lessons for the church in vision casting. Thanks!

  • Jeremy Santy

    Thanks for sharing this Michael, always exciting to see how different companies approach these vision videos. I was blessed to work on the team that created the Microsoft vision videos, “Office Labs”.

  • Jeff Randleman

    This kind of thing really gets me excited! It’s amazing how far technology has come in the last 20 years. I’m so excited to see where it heads in the next 20. My kids have no idea what it was like for me as a kid, and with the increase in speed that technology advances, how drastically different will it be for my kids when they are my age? Amazing to think about!

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  • Andy Mort

    Just amazing. I genuinely don’t know what to think. It is both truly inspiring and truly frightening all at the same time. My initial reaction is to think, ‘now there is a lot of stuff to break in that world – do you think you’d get a single day where you don’t encounter any technical difficulties?’ Maybe that just says a lot about me! Very clean world too.

  • Nathan McIntyre

    Love this video – Future proofing their careers for sure!

  • maureen miller

    I just finished watching your video with Craig Groeschel and wondered if this is possibly not a good idea. I saw the video clip about 2 weeks ago and thought WOW I’d LOVE my house to be set up this way. Now I wonder…

  • Kent Richardson

    I think there is a large gap between theory and practice.

  • James Pinnick

    Loved the video Michael. That is nuts! I look forward to the future where besides fancy gadgets, that cancer is removed from this world. I’d be a happy camper along with millions of others.
    I look forward to the future of how self-publishing will evolve compared to big publishing. Should be interesting.

    Blessings to you-
    James Pinnick
    Author-The Last Seven Pages

  • Shusk

    Way cool. Can’t wait. Hope we can afford to subscribe to all of that, but it sounds like great tech fun!

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  • Anonymous

    I get really excited about technology, and I probably spend far too much money and time on it, but most of these innovations are mostly about displaying more media in places where it didn’t appear before. Are we not getting enough media in the devices that already provide it? I think we’ll hit a saturation point, if we haven’t already.

    Plus, I’m a little nervous about how these folks will manage during a large solar flare. The alarm won’t go off, the stove top doesn’t work, the car won’t start or tell you how to get to the office (which doesn’t have any work for you because the tabletops are down), and the mall is closed because you can’t see any of the merchandise.

    I’m still going to buy all of this stuff anyway. Just sayin’.

  • Karl Mealor

    Shared this with a Physics class. Great reactions. Thanks again for sharing.

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