ATTENTION: Do not read until 2037

Time has flown by…I remember our first Wednesday night thinking that maybe I should drop this class based on the first forewarnings and lists of assignments. But boy am I glad that I didn’t! What I have learned this semester is both invaluable and applicable for all us moving forward, many thanks to the eye-opening presentations, Twitter feed, class discussions, readings, guest speakers, and inspirational TED talks.

I have come to think differently about advances in technology and see them as possibilities for the better rather than impossible unknowns. I have learned about the dangers of using technology when it comes to a business’ reputation on the line. And I’ve learned about curly fries, virtual coins that cost $1000, to not tweet before a flight, how to guess jelly beans accurately, and how a little touch of Chris Brown can take your video from popular to viral :)

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I’d like to dedicate this post to mention different areas in technology we discussed about in class and what we predicted might occur in the next 5 to 10 to even 20 years. That way, I can read this post in the future to see just how far we’ve really come.

Dear Future Self in 2037,

It’s currently 2017, you know, the year of ripped jeans, chokers, and slip-on sneakers. You currently have an iPhone 7+ (with portrait mode!), a virtual reality headset, Uber app for transportation, and accounts on Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter. You watch YouTube videos regularly, listen to music on Spotify, and watch television/movies on Netflix.

  1. Facebook dominated
    • Yes, Facebook has been around the longest, years before the other social media platforms listed above. I currently have the largest network on Facebook, and we’ve talked about the different services Facebook is adopting to compete with the other social media platforms, including going live, adding stories to the messenger app, and adding artificial intelligence to display what stories you see on your newsfeed. And more recently, how to detect and combat fake news. What we predict is that while many social media platforms come and go, Facebook will most likely stay around. Has it? What other social media platforms exist?  facebook live
  2. Snapchat (the so-called camera company) released sunglasses
    • Snapchat went public during this semester, receiving both positive and negative reviews from business insiders. And yes, Snapchat Spectacles were released and passed around our class. Do they still exist and how successful is Snapchat today? Do I wish I invested in its stock (if we were allowed to)? SPECTACLES-SNAPCHAT-SHADES
  3. Self-driving Cars
    • So we’ve talked multiple times about autonomous vehicles in class, and we predict that they will come into play in around 10-20 years. Have you ridden in one in Boston? If so, are you nuts?! Do you at least sit in the front or were you taking a nap in the backseat? And has the trucking industry, like we talked about in class, been affected?
  4. Uber
    • Uber has had some corporate screw-ups this semester, including some political and social ones. Do you still use Uber, or maybe even Uber Elevate? We don’t know what to predict on this one–either people will continue to use Uber for its convenience and price, or other competitors will swoop in and take over. uber
  5. The Sharing Economy
    • In 2017, we seem pretty comfortable sharing our cars and homes with strangers. And even more comfortable rating others, whether it be a service, quality of a product, or a video we see on YouTube. What other peer-to-peer lending sites have been invented that you utilize regularly?
  6. Blockchain
    • If you remember, this is the class where nobody knew what was going on. Please tell me you understand it at least better than we tried to. We predict that blockchain will first impact financial industries (ex: Bitcoin). Do you use blockchain for any of your finances, or are there other areas where you currently use it? Such as possibly removing middlemen services like Uber? say whwat
  7. Artificial Intelligence
    • Have robots taken over yet?

And finally, what other forms of social media do you use on a day-to-day basis? My guess is that you are probably laughing while reading this post remembering how times used to be. Do your kids laugh at your old-school interaction with digital technology and social media, or do you find yourself at free Apple store lessons trying to learn how to use new devices?

As much as I hate to say goodbye, it is indeed a goodbye to the past. A goodbye to times when having to describe the internet was the most technological advanced question someone could ask you. It’s not the end of the internet or social media platforms as we know them today, but it’s definitely the beginning to the end of a technological era, and a start to a new one. Hello to a world where artificial intelligence, sharing economies, and collective intelligence spark new ideas and unimaginable technology. Hello to the future.

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Thanks for an amazing class in IS6621! I’ve enjoyed everyone’s discussions, presentations, and social media posts. Cheers to 2017!


  1. Awesome post! Really catchy title & an interesting approach to summarizing the class. Considering how much change we’ve seen in this semester alone, I’d have to imagine that the technological scene 20 years from now is going to look completely different. I wonder which technologies from 2017 we’ll even remember? And which ones will our kids make fun of us for as being completely antiquated/useless/over-simple? It’s hard to imagine that any of our current major tech/apps will still be regularly used in 2037 the way they are now (I can’t think of any social app/device from 20 years ago we still use), and I’m hoping for big things. Personally, I’m thinking the biggest change will come from an overhaul of technologies to incorporate AR/VR/MR.

  2. diiorion · ·

    This was such a great idea for the last post of the semester to go over (briefly) most of the topics we’ve discussed. One line that really stuck out to me was when you talked about viewing technological advances now as possibilities for improvement for society instead of impossible unknowns. I had a very similar sentiment in my final blog post ( –> shameless plug).
    To imagine the technological improvements that have occurred from 1997 to 2017 really makes you wonder what could be possible by 2037. At least now we have somewhat of a clearer view of what the future may have in store. Great post!

  3. laurencondon23 · ·

    Awesome approach to your last post! This could serve as a great tool to look back on in the future for a reminder summary of how we used technology back in 2017. Reading this made me contemplate what a similar summary would have looked like 10 years ago and how far social media has evolved since then. Will the use of Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram in 10 years seem as ancient as the use of Myspace and AIM do now? It will be interesting to see!

  4. zfarkas17 · ·

    Well that was fun to read, so good job. It will be really interesting to see what happens with social media and digital business moving forward. I think with or without your post to check yourself we all compare what we do now to what we used to do. I liked how you looked at some of the topics we went over as potential things that will change and am curious to see what happens.

  5. mikeward7 · ·

    Awesome wrap up blog! This was a really great way to summarize all of the main things we discussed in class all semester, and how it compares with the way we used to see social media. Really appreciated what you said about Blockchain also because I still have no idea whats going on with that!

  6. this was such a nice read. taking into account how much has changed in the past couple months, it’s crazy to imagine what things would be like in 20 years. now that I see your post and the big topics we covered, it helped me to organize my thoughts in terms of what changes I can expect in each area, or in overlapping markets like snapchat + uber or blockchain + AI!

  7. lenskubal · ·

    semester. I loved your approach and summary of some key takeaways from the modern day usage of social media. It seems scary to think about what social media maybe like in 20 years. If I had to guess, I think looking back at our time during this class will make us feel really old. Social media is evolving at such a rapid pace, and I think it will just be a constant battle to keep learning what these applications have in store. I think a lot of these technologies will improve our society and will continue to shed light on important topics. This was such a fun read. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts.

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