I think I may have had a glimpse of the future. In my mind I can see a dual or triple monitor system that has two or three people sitting at the machine all working on the same project. Imagine dragging a piece of code from one window to the next so the guy beside you could have his input into the code. Same machine, same room just more productivity. Multi user operating systems is what I’m really talking about here as this isn’t really possible right now (to my knowledge) but I’m sure someone else is thinking about it. We can log into machines from a remote location and have that person take over the screen like magic. But if you move your mouse, the remote user is playing a tug of war trying to do what they need to do.
Imagine two mouse cursors that know there place, but can jump from monitor to monitor when required all whilst the other user is still working. Circling a word they just typed to let them know it was spelt wrong, highlighting a group of words to say how great that passage is. All whilst still typing away without interruption from that users input. Now lets take that in another direction. Think of a computer system with dual monitors working in the USA and another computer system in Australia with dual monitors. Both monitors are shared workspace. One user uses one side whilst the other has theirs. Each user can see what the other is working on and can have input with there mouse/keyboard without interrupting that persons workflow.
A step further would be to imagine an office filled with computers that are all connected via fibre optic cables instead of network cables. Now imagine all those computers acting just like a hive mind. All the computers work together, all the power of each machine is shared with everyone. Algorithms will determine who needs more processing power and will adjust as required. Now take the computers out of the equation. Simply having a desk with a monitor, keyboard and mouse. The monitor merely displays and transmits information via a fibre optical link or wireless light link (this is not a technology to my knowledge, but I call dibs on it) to a centralised computing system that distributes the power according to the user’s working patterns.
Now this may all seem very far out, but I believe that this will be a future we may see in the next 5-10 years. We are becoming more and more power conscience and being able to have a system that distributes computing power to users whom require it would save 20-30 machines running and wasting all that power.
This all comes down to the operating system essentially. The next step (Microsoft and Apple, are you reading this) in the future of operating systems. Maybe these companies are already working on such an idea. Mac OsX 11 anyone or Windows 9/10? I am a great thinker and love to imagine new ideas for a future that is not so far away. Now we just need an internet that can cope with this.