Microsofts predictions for 2016 . Worth a read. Lots about machine learning, big-data and encryption. All very optimistic including one guy (Lucas Joppa) who expects the human race to wake up to technology being the saviour to our impending doom. Unfortunately I fear the human race is all too desperate for a saviour - real or imagined - and that desperation can lead to a belief in false gods little better than the devil we know today. But still, there's a huge amount that can be done to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of technology in general and so vast room for improvement. Lets hope Mr Joppa is right... ... oh, and yes, environmental impact is a non-functional characteristic.