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The Future of the Office

In the future, offices will become more and more accessible from home, and then eventually be accessible from anywhere. The term office will be antiquated, and replaced by a word that describes a certain type of holographic system.

Holographic interfaces

Employees will be able to work remotely while interacting with others in a way that’s similar to in-person communication.

In the past, this has taken the form of phone calls, emails and videoconferences. These technologies, as we know them, will become obsolete.

A small number of companies have experimented with humanoid robots, and other remote-presence devices.

Beam by Suitable Technologies, is an example of this technology, and uses an office avatar to facilitate telecommuting.

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Beam is five foot two, so it allows for face-to-face communication. It has a 17-inch screen (used to display the employee’s face), and uses a wide-angle camera and speakerphones. It can follow humans and other Beam devices at a speed of over three miles per hour.

Future technologies will focus on solutions that are natural, highly mobile, and will use holographic interfaces.

The office and meeting room will not be a physical space; it will be a virtual space.

The holographic system will be 3D, and have beaming features not unlike the holodeck from Star Trek.

The individual will be able to customize the settings on their holographic interface from adjusting audio and visual projections to break-time entertainment features.

Highly intelligence smart-office technology

The holographic system will be seamlessly integrated with smart-everything from smart 3D printing technology to embedded health monitoring devices.

The system will use real-time information taken from smart devices, and use artificial intelligence and quantum computing technologies to ‘think’ outside the box, and predict what you need.

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Internet and computer is everywhere

The Internet of the future will continue to be important to offices, but it will be everywhere, “in every device, on every person, accessible at every location. It’s not a place you go; it’s a layer behind everything you do” says Ben Parr, co-founder of DominateFund.

It will be accessed using a holographic interface that will replace the computer, keyboard and mouse.

Crowdsourcing projects

Projects will rely heavily on crowdsourcing on open platforms using advanced technology. They will be partially funded by using crowdfunding platforms, with those inside and outside the organization, to effectively drive innovation.

People will be able to discover, use, modify and share a wide-range of designs, ideas, and products.

Expect to see more websites, like Thingiverse, a site that allows people to use and alter over 100,000 3D designs.

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Biometrics and motion controlled environment

The office environment will be navigated using face and body gestures, similar to what is currently being used in some video games.

Passwords that involve remembering login credentials will become obsolete.  People will be able to access their unique holographic interfaces using biometrics, including voiceprint, fingerprint, palm and vein pattern, and iris scanning.

Photo Source: Flickr, Flickr (Beam), Flickr (3D printer), Flickr (Thingiverse)

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