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Amazon has changed commerce.  The only debate left is:  what form of currency will we use 10 years from now?

We have test strips that will be able to instantly identify a range of chemicals in our food. That will put added pressure on food production.

3-D printing has caught on fire.  Children can now go to select local libraries and "make" plastic toys using a 3-D printer.  Production of goods, as we know them today, how and where they are made will change within the decade also.  The profile of our current workforce will shift.

But changes in production and commerce are not the only games today. 

Google Glass. 

Google glass is another game changer.  Police forces are now testing the device. It is an ubiquitous computer that can communicate, translate, locate, identify through facial recognition, creep on social networking, and the list goes on.  In other words, everyone and everything are open books in public.

But there are other applications that will be useful.  A farmer can monitor his fields, for example, with google glasses.  He should be able to accurately calculate his production.  Or, if he finds a weed or disease in his field, his google glass can identify the problem and location through GPS and send a request to a specialist anywhere in the world for a solution.  Language is no barrier as google glass will translate. 

Agricultural production and commerce will change with this device.  Potential customers will be able to monitor agricultural products from inception to finish.  Legislation  to control production and marketing will be irrelevant as consumers will dictate terms quicker and more efficiently through new technology.

But as we know, we just have one small problem in rural Canada. 

Internet service/cell reception. 

There are so many pockets in southern Ontario that still do not have cell reception, let alone internet service.  Its even worse in other parts of rural/remote Canada. 

If our Government wants to move, want us to move into the new world of technology, rural Canada will need to be better connected.  If farmers cannot access google glass applications, I can imagine our enforcement officers would lack the same ability.

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Hi Joann,

Good thoughts on the rural internet connectivity and cellular coverage...I agree it is a strategic asset for farmer, rural people and businesses.  Hopefully governments will support the private sector to make the investments in technology so that we are not at a disadvantage with technology.

 

We produced a Google Glass video a few months ago and Farms.com did obtain a pair of Google Glass to test and do some programming.

 

 

 

 

Yes, Google Glass is the gateway to our future whether we agree with the path or not.  It is reality.

But I don't know how much private sector needs to invest.  When it comes to any form of security, our government has an immense interest.  If rural/remote Canada does not develop cellular data capabilities, these areas will be prime pickings for people looking to avoid the public grid. The Glasses need some sort of GSM service, no matter who uses them.

It would be in the interests of security for the government did get involved.....but then.... there are satellite services......of which we are so far behind right now.

Joe Dales said:

Hi Joann,

Good thoughts on the rural internet connectivity and cellular coverage...I agree it is a strategic asset for farmer, rural people and businesses.  Hopefully governments will support the private sector to make the investments in technology so that we are not at a disadvantage with technology.

 

We produced a Google Glass video a few months ago and Farms.com did obtain a pair of Google Glass to test and do some programming.

 

 

 

 

Farms.com will be Demonstrating the new Google Glass at the Precision Agriculture Conference this week in London.

That should be exciting!  I have no doubt, concepts like Google Glass, will become part of our behavioural pattern in our lifestyle in the near future.

I would caution you though in regards of our present Provincial government.  They have a fetish about the nanny state they created.  I don't doubt they will add google glasses to the list of banned devices drivers may use.......

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