The DJ of 2025

July 16, 2016 by Ben Stowe

As I began to research for this article, I thought it would be fun to see how others had fared with predictions of the future. Being a geek, I’ve logged 171-odyssey-stowemy share of time watching sci-fi, and often life imitates art. Star Trek’s PADDs (Personal Access Display Devices) are essentially a reality with today’s iPads and tablets, and with the discovery of the Higgs Boson particle, teleportation has taken another step towards reality. Jules Verne’s Nautilus was a big stretch in 1870 when 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was written, yet less than a century later nuclear powered underwater propulsion is pretty much business as usual. Despite some of those visions being eerily accurate, predicting the future is hard.

2025 is nine years from now, and nine years ago Apple unveiled the iPhone. Less than nine years ago, Uber was formed. These disruptive, game-changing innovations are difficult to predict, and let’s be honest: If I knew what the next one was, I wouldn’t put it in this article–I’d be busy buying every stock in that company. That said, I thought I’d look back at what other authors have written about the future that is now the past. I looked at predictions from before WWI and after WWII. I looked deeper in the 1960s when space exploration and science fiction both really exploded.

It’s easy to see an author’s slant in their writing. Some predicted rocket propelled cars, the end to world famine, cancer and war and other optimistic outcomes. Others predicted the collapse of world governments, starvation, and worse. It’s bold to try to predict the future. Easy for me to do for today’s reader, but harder for this article to be viewed through the lens of history when the year 2025 actually rolls around.

Here are some things I think are pretty safe to predict:171-ev-stowe2

Immersive experiences will become commonplace. This allows you to be an active participant in a virtual world. Think “holodeck.” Combined with mixed reality living guests may no longer have to travel to participate in a wedding reception, and the DJ may not either. Certainly a guest would not have to attend an event to “experience” a DJ, so this may become an essential element in marketing your services. Personally, I don’t think technology can ever truly replace human interaction, but we are seeing a steady societal decline already.

The internet of things will certainly include our equipment. Billions of devices will be connected and communicating with each other. This train has already left the station. Smart devices will increasingly play a role in managing our lives and this will be fueled by Gigabit Ethernet. The rollout of Gigabit will not be equitable, and will create a new generation of haves and have-nots. The ability for data to move quickly is the backbone for the internet of things and immersive experiences.

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Ben’s love for electronics began when as a very young through the inspiration of a neighbor he often visited. The neighbor ran the small town’s TV repair shop out of his home, and in order to occupy the energetic Ben, allowed him to play with the brightly colored electronic components. At first Ben was simply using diagonal side cutters to strip circuit boards and sort the parts, then at the age of 5 his persistent nagging was rewarded with a few soldering lessons. Having previously taught high school electronics, the neighbor recognized Ben’s enthusiasm and began to teach him the principals of electronics. Ben’s love of electronics and technology led to years of schooling in Electricity, Electronics, Robotics and Lasers. Ben supported himself through school by building and selling strobe lights and other electronic devices. He built his first DJ show largely from scratch and scrap, often repairing broken items others had thrown away because he could not afford to buy new equipment. He holds a Minnesota electrical license, and his AV installs have been featured in almost every major industry trade magazine. His relentless passion for education has led to a number of other certifications and accreditations, including the most widely recognized one in the AV industry, the InfoComm CTS. His love for education inspired him to begin the ProAcademy educational sessions, focused on increasing understanding of AV technologies within the industry. Ben has been involved in a number of technical writings, lectures, presentations, as well as research and development assistance with a number of manufacturers for products, industry wide. He is also a regular contributing author to industry magazines in the United States and Europe. Ben’s presentations have been featured across the world both as a part of industry leading trade shows, and as a presenter for various groups and functions. Some of these events include BPM in the United Kingdom, Mobile Beat, the ADJA National Convention, Wedding MBA, and a national tour as a headlining presenter for an industry magazine. The United States Armed Forces branches have also called upon Ben to provide engineering and training assistance. His highly informational, slightly nerdy and always funny presentation style have made him a favorite at events, while his sincere desire to help people with their application of technology have made him a favorite with them after the event. These presentations have recently led to the production of a ProAcademy Series of DVDs. The first of which, “Event Lighting” was released with much anticipation and with great reviews. A few industry leaders commented: “Ben Stowe knows his stuff. He is friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about this business. He also has a rare ability to not only understand technology, but be able to explain it in simple terms. You’ll learn a lot and it won’t hurt a bit!” — Jim Cerone, Author, “The Perfect Host” “Finally, there is a product that offers useful information for lighting design that is equivalent to the many products that offer instruction for sound equipment, business management and talent based education. I can easily see this DVD tutorial as being the Rosetta Stone or Video Professor equivalent in our industry for those who are seeking to gain valuable insight into the technology surrounding lighting design” – Larry Williams, Author, “Mind Your Own Business” “Ben Stowe an the ProAcademy team have really done it this time. After providing seminars and training sessions at local and national events for everyone to know their gear and what works best, they have now created an awesome DVD on Event Lighting.” — Scott Faver, Author, “The Game Master” “Finally, a training video that’s made for real working mobile entertainers. Easy to understand, easy to follow and easy to find exactly what you’re looking for, and long overdue.” — Randy Bartlett, Author, “The 1% Solution” Ben serves the industry as the President of NLFX Professional, an industry leading supplier of sound, lighting and video systems, a role he has maintained since founding the company in 1993.


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