In the last week the Pokemon Go application has been downloaded by more times than the Twitter application throughout its entire history. This revolutionary game bridges the gap between virtual reality and interfacing with the real world. Essentially, there’s a 3D world within the game that you navigate by walking around the real world. Certain real life landmarks are points in space which you must physically go to and take a picture in order to capture the “Pokemon.” The more I watch new technologies emerge I realize these radical changes are becoming the new normal. Suddenly, something that didn’t exist 30 days ago is the most popular application in the United States and only because our society is so interconnected is this possible. In fact, studies show that as technology increases the rate of change will dramatically increase. Furthermore, there are inventions right now that have yet to be created that will likely change everything about our life in the next few years. Early reports estimate that the Pokemon Go app is set to make more than 7 billion dollars in one week and basically resurrecting Nintendo as a company. News reports have warned users about the potential that Pokemon Go is actually an invasion of privacy and gives app makers access to your contacts, email, and other phone data. Furthermore, other experts have warned that Pokemon Go is being use by big companies to actually map out the earth through GPS and smart phone cameras. The jury is still out, but early estimates show that this game is set to continue to grow quickly even amongst rumors of privacy violations. As a longtime technology researcher and investor I’m always looking for the next big thing in the tech world. Recently, I have been researching the crowdfunding space which I think has a big future ahead of it. The concept behind crowdfunding is that anyone can raise money for a cause, project, or business by soliciting donations from thousands or even millions of small donors. For example, If you come up with a new invention then you can patent the product and then create a crowdfunding campaign on your favorite site like Go Fund Me, Kickstarter, or SmashFund. If people are interested in supporting your invention then they can contribute funds to help your realize your idea. There are many expenses involved in bringing an invention to market including legal fees, production fees, research and development, and the purchasing of inventory. The difficult part of aspiring inventors is all these fees must be paid for prior to ever launching or selling a single product. Crowdfunding services can help bridge the gap between ideas and the realization of lifelong dreams. Another technology that is emerging quickly right now is the use of RFID chips. These small GPS chips when combined with an RFID reader allow items to be tracked in real time. There are a variety of different uses for these chips and some of which borderline on an invasion of privacy. As we speak items are being manufactured with these RFID chips inside them tracking everywhere the item moves through space and time. This data is then sent back to super computers who catalog and trace this information in an attempt to build an internet of things. Basically, through the use of algorithms and software the internet of things will give operators a real time up to date look at how items are moving through the world. Studies estimate that a large portion of our electronics, vehicles, and devises are already being tracked by RFID technology. Experts warn that the use of RFID technology is only set to increase and soon become common in every single item manufactured. Is this the end of personal privacy or the beginning of the golden age of electronics? If you would like to read more you can follow SmashFund on their social media.