Usually when I talk to people about the new kinds of capabilities that will be possible as technology trends advance, they understand at some level – since everyone has seen some tremendous changes in their lives caused by technologies. We don't usually think about it at a more personal level.
I saw a website designed to show off the capabilities of the Chrome browser that brought an example of new technology possibilities to a more emotional level. The Wilderness Downtown is the site. It runs well under Chrome and barely under FireFox. For some reason even on IE9 beta it didn’t work at all.
When you enter the site it asks you for an address (of your youth, but since I grew up on a farm I doubt that it would work). I put my current address in the site. It takes this information and integrates it with satellite pictures and Google street view information to make a customized music video.
As the video starts there is a hooded man running down the street. After a short time, images start appearing that imply that he is running near the address you entered. Eventually you know exactly where the individual is running and (at least in my case) I have stood in that exact spot and looked around before. Combine that with some driving and mildly haunting music and it definitely has an effect. Eventually it zooms out to show the entire neighborhood.
It is the combination of technologies that makes this effective. As we gather more data about the enterprise, there will be various ways we can look at our business and processes in ways that were not practical before --just like it would be unrealistic to have a custom music video for each viewer. That is one of the themes of the Instant On Enterprise message that HP has been talking about recently -- think about the possibilities.