Final Thoughts

(Feel free to play this video as you read the blog)

So in order to generate some inspiration and to make this a truly reflective blog, I went back to my original post at the beginning of the semester. Upon reading that blog, one thing stuck out to me in particular: I was very much rooted in the present.

Sure, I tried to get deep and talk about how technology is changing faster than ever and that the ~**future**~ had a lot in store. But, in the spirit of honesty, I’m prepared to admit that I had no clue what I was talking about. I just figured that that was what I was “supposed” to say.

And this leads me to one of the biggest takeaways from class that I think we should all keep in mind as we continue into the workplace from undergrad or grad school. I have a much clearer picture of what the future might hold and how the types of burgeoning technologies that are being developed and tested now will have an impact of my life and career. Originally, I was getting prepared for this…

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…when that’s not really what I should be worried about (at least not yet). More importantly, it’s technologies and ideas like blockchain or the sharing economy that are truly going to have the greatest impact. It’s very important to have some type of grasp on what the future holds. As we all progress in the business world, keeping an eye on the horizon will be beneficial in our careers as we can anticipate trends and hopefully capitalize on them (or at least avoid becoming completely obsolete).

In the end, while I have much more of a grasp on what the future might bring, it is still incredible to think just how quickly technology is improving. The best example of this is going back in time and trying to tell someone in 2007 that the iPhone would disrupt the transportation and hotel industries. This is also a very important point. Even though I am now familiar with certain technologies and ideas, it’s impossible to know exactly what the future holds. For all we know, the biggest technological change that will come within the next decade hasn’t even been invented yet!

Blog break!

Back to the blog!

Another positive takeaway that goes along with having a clearer picture of the future is having a clearer picture of what is happening in the present. While I mentioned earlier that my initial blog post was heavily rooted in the present, I didn’t even get that right! I was stuck on the invention of the iPhone and Twitter! Technology and digital business is changing so rapidly every day and it’s important to track these developments. I attribute this to the large role that Twitter played in the class. Truthfully, in the beginning of the course, I wasn’t too much of a Twitter user. Yeah, I had a Twitter and knew the power of Twitter but I only really used it every once in awhile to see what my friends might have been talking about. I knew the vast amount of information available right at the touch of a button but I had no idea where to start absorbing it. So I didn’t. I was a bit overwhelmed.

After following just a few Twitter accounts like TechCrunch or WSJ for class, I realized just how easy and available the information is. I didn’t have to gobble up every single piece of information possible that existed in the entirety of the Twittersphere. But keeping up on the latest trends and the latest news turned out to be much simpler than I had thought. So many things are happening every single day and thankfully, I also had all of you #IS6621ing me all of the time with the most important stuff. So thank you!

In the end, while this Final Thoughts blog could be construed as a Farewell blog, that is literally impossible in this day and age. Now that you all know my name, you can find me on Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, GroupMe, Venmo and plenty of other social media platforms. So in a very real sense, this isn’t goodbye.

BTTF

8 comments

  1. Great blog! While you say you were stuck in the present, I think I was stuck in the past. I didn’t use Twitter before this class and it really opened my eyes up to just how much content and news comes at us every day. I feel much more aware of what is going on now, as well as how innovative everything has become. I like your point, too, about how everything is so interconnected these days that we won’t have trouble finding other people. Rather we need to focus on not becoming obsolete.

  2. First off, loved that your final blog has a soundtrack ~ solid song choice. Secondly, this notion that the future is now really hit the internal hard drive this semester through IS6621. The topics we covered got me to thinking about how change is the only thing we can count on to be consistent going forward. The rise of block chain, the sharing economy and future technologies that we will hopefully have a chance to develop will impact not only the way that digital business leaders manage their teams, but how individuals interact with every aspect of their surroundings. I agree that this is definitely not good bye thanks to the evolving platforms that open up space for continued exchange of ideas for IS6621.

  3. This was a really well thought out blog post, and I think you got it right. We should all be looking a little bit more towards the future rather than just the present. We should be considering how technology can be disruptive in multiple different ways so we are able to adapt (almost) as quickly as it does.

  4. Loved everything about this post – it was funny and engaging and the last part is very true, it isn’t goodbye when we will always be able to connect with each other through social media. I also felt the same way in the class where I was so focused on the present and what social media was now versus a few years ago and never thought about what it would become. This course certainly has helped teach that and open my mind to those futuristic ideas so thank you for pointing that out. Great post! And see you in the future!

  5. I had another course this semester that focused on technology and innovation, and a lot of the same ideas that you mentioned here were repeated throughout the course. Unlike this class, we were taught with theories and examples, with books and multiple ppts. It’s interesting how we were able to arrive at the same level of understanding of the impact of technology in #IS6621 with a totally different form of instruction and interaction – I think the “social” part of this course is truly great. Thanks for a great post!

  6. I really enjoyed this blog post (especially the break)! I followed your example and went back and reviewed my first blog post. It was fairly skeptical but also had a sense of optimism and excitement that I think is necessary to this class. Looking back, having an open mind and being excited to learn about some of this new technology made for a great class. I agree that little, like following tech outlets on twitter, can help us stay informed. Thanks for a semester of fun posts!

  7. You’re right–this post is very similar to some of the ideas I wrote about, so glad to see we’re on the same page! I also think I was stuck in the present/past before this class, especially because I considered AI and flying drones technology of the future, when in fact, they are being tested and used today. I also agree that it will be important to take what we’ve learned in class into the business world, but as you said, nobody is entirely sure of what the future holds. Hopefully we can look back in 20 years and laugh/see how far we’ve come. Great post, and see you in the future!

  8. some great points here! “having a clearer picture of the future is having a clearer picture of what is happening in the present” really sums up what we’ve been trying to do together this semester. since we don’t have absolute certainty in predicting what the future’s going to be like, I guess it’s best to know and understand what our current lives are surrounded by. I’m happy I got to be a part of meaningful discussions that helped me make sense of my interactions and decision-making processes in the age of information overload.

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