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Stunning Tech Innovations by 2035: the Future of Small Businesses

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Jan 20th, 2015
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    1Science fiction is becoming reality. 2Everything will become automated. 3Say hello to a holographic workplace.
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John Brandon, writer of the Tech Report column for Inc.com, makes predictions about the future of technology that sound like science fiction. Yet we have all witnessed the amazing innovations in technology over the decades.

Brandon predicts even more stunning innovations to come in the future. The question is, are we prepared to adapt? Small business will change dramatically in 20 to 30 years.

Brandon says it’s impossible to predict exactly what is to come. For example, it would have been difficult to predict how social networking would completely transform today’s business environment. One thing is certain: “In the future, small business will change beyond recognition,” Brandon says.

For example:

Imagine doing business without the US dollar.

Alternative currencies will someday be the norm. This may sound preposterous, but considering that alternative currencies like bitcoin and others are already gaining popularity, Brandon predicts that in the next 20 to 30 years, the U.S. dollar may no longer exist.

Imagine using clones to replace human workers.

Brandon says this may not be so far-fetched. He reminds us that animal cloning has become routine in China—there is even a Chinese company that currently clones about 500 pigs per year.

In fact, Brandon says, human embryos have already been cloned. So, moving into the future, his predictions of humancloning may not be so hard to imagine. Fact is often stranger than fiction. In fact, science fiction often becomes fact.

Imagine hiring transhumans.Abstract concept of atom and quantum waves illustrated with fractal elements

A transhuman is a new kind of human, or a person who has been technically augmented with non-human parts such as, implants.

Brandon considers this would be a logical next step, an extension of current tech, such as “wearable devices like the Fitbit, that help you count calories and footsteps.”

Imagine that you no longer have to depend on a computer or a phone.

He predicts that by 2030, everything will be virtual, in the cloud. In the future, Brandon foresees a total transformation of our business environments. For example, we will be able to speak commands to our computers in the workplace, in the home, and in the car, and much of our work will be automated.

Imagine a world where everyone works remotely.

Technology will make it possible for everyone to telecommute.

Brandon predicts that in the next 20 to 30 years “we’ll visit the office with a hologram, walk around the cubicle farm, interact with employees, and chat about the weather. There are bots that already do this today. The obvious implication is that the building itself might not need to exist at all–it might be a hologram itself. And, most of these “holoployees” won’t be W2s. They’ll all be self-employed.”

Imagine working from your autonomous car.

Brandon predicts, “By 2030, autonomous cars will start ruling the roadways.” He foresees that vehicles in the future will be used not only to drive us to work but will provide a suite of tools, including all the features of a luxury office.

So, small businesses, fasten your seatbelts—the future is coming.

To view the original article in its entirety, please visit Inc.com

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