It is both nerve wracking and exciting being surrounded by so many experts in fields I am relatively new to. As I readied myself for the pursuit of connections and knowledge, they fell right into my lap… Michal asked if he could sit at the table with me. Michal is a 26-year-old software engineer from Košice, Slovakia. He works for a company called Decentraland, it is in the gaming and VR field. Michal loves music, skateboarding; he is also passionate about Blockchain, smart homes, and smart cities.
Question 1: What do you believe the technology of tomorrow looks like? What is it?
“I cannot really answer that question,” Michal responded. I thought that the interview was over before it started.
After a pause Michal said that the future of technology is impossible to read. It will be completely different than anyone’s current thoughts because we cannot keep up with the pace of change in technology.
Michal stated that the first virtual reality mechanism ever built was all the way back in 1968. His point was that AI and VR are actually old technologies. He says that they are exploding now and were dormant for so long because they did not have the data input to excel. Now with Big Data analytics and smart phones on everyone over the age of 4, these technologies are exponentially increasing in power and ability.
Michal ended this question talking about his own start up he is in the beta stages with some friends on. He is seeking a company that will 3D print houses, and hopes this could tie into the future of technology.
Question 2: There are many of myths about millennials. Some being that they are hard to lead, lazy, and disloyal. Are these myths true?
“Yeah I mean, it can be true,” was his initial response.
Millennials are the first social media influencers and this field is a route to opportunity that did not exist 10 years ago. Michal stated that some influencers are just money grabbing and talking trash on the internet for publicity and money, but he views YouTube streamers specifically as an example of a good millennial occupation. YouTuber’s produce content that will make viewers happy and many times they will have insightful comments or ‘how to’ guides which are helpful to the general public. Even if it seems lazy and easy, the end result is a positive and so it should be looked at in the same light, positively.
Question 3: If I were to give you $50,000 to put into tomorrow’s technologies in order to generate the most profit, where would you allocate it?
How does this answer change if the number was only $5,000?
“I don’t know, probably bitcoin or something like that.” Michal believes the banks hate crypto currencies so much that for the next 5 to 10 years they will start trying to prosecute people with shares in them. He referenced “red car law” as an example of society’s fear when a new technology challenges the norm. When cars were first made they had to follow someone in front of them with a red flag so they did not run over horses or people. Michal thinks that in crypto we are really following around a few key players.
As Michal and I parted ways, I could not stop myself from imagining his future…. I wonder where technology will take him over the next ten years and where it will take the world as a whole.