This article is the outcome of an interview with Xerox innovation chief Sophie Vandebroek. She talks about coming technological change as seen from the vantage point of a company known for technological innovation, “defined by our collaborations,” and a champion of “open innovation.” Some of the more interesting things to look for:
- Reusable paper that doesn’t use physical inks, but rather resembles sunglasses that darken when taken outside and become clear when taken back inside. It can be used over and over again.
- The use of 3-D virtual worlds on the Internet will increase dramatically. In fact, the notion of an office might not exist in 10 years since everything will be connected and one can communicate and collaborate
with the right experts and partners from anywhere.
- The U.S. is in danger of losing its leadership in technological innovation because (1) fewer students are interested in science and technology, (2) it’s harder since 9/11 for foreign students to get green cards and come to study in the U.S. and (3) these foreign students now have growing opportunities in their own countries.
The article ends with some advice for young women who want to make a career in technology.