Most of the greatest technological advances in business have come from two areas:  the military and games.  As a matter of fact, some of the military’s advances have been influenced by gaming.  Flight simulators, military style laser tag, war game scenario simulators, and even unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been influenced by games and gaming activities.  The same can be said for the world of business.

Years ago, social media was thought to be areas and spaces where teenagers and kids hung out.  Young people were the predominant users of MySpace (yes its still around), Twitter, and Facebook.  Businesses frowned on social media and blocked the sites from their networks.  And if, somehow, employees were still able to plug into and get their fixes at work, they were severely disciplined.  Evidently, they did not see the importance of their workers knowing exactly when their friends walked their dogs, went to bed, ate for breakfast, or were going to wear that day.  Now, companies are embracing them.  They see how effective social media is at managing their brand, collaboration, and marketing.  You rarely see a business today without a social media feed and it is only going to increase in the future.

The mouse and trackball were ideas influenced from the old arcade days.  Now, most computers have mice with trackballs for ease of use and will eventually move towards a “virtual-use” environment in the same way video games are heading.  Gamers want to feel as if they are actually part of the game and, eventually, businesses will follow suit.  Disabled students are able to virtually “attend” schools through the use of video teleconferencing and robots which may lead to business uses in the future.   Now, we aren’t saying that every toy can be used at your local bank or Fortune 500 company, but, many tools can be used by just viewing them from a different angle or understanding.


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