I’m going to caveat this by saying I’m not an expert. My personal career has been in hardware, but I do have some feelings about this. I think, in general, the future of software is that there will be more of it and it will be more actionable and insightful rather than just this utilitarian toolset. When I hear the word software, I think about Microsoft Excel. I think the software of the future is the integrated external second brain. Obviously we hear that term a lot, but something that is a layer in our lives that helps us make better choices every day.
Of course, I have a personal reason for believing that. This is what Levels is doing. Look at the future of health software as an example. It will be predictive and much more like financial software than our current medical records, which are totally useless; no one has ever consulted their personal medical record to make a decision in their lives. Today, I can pull out my phone and I can pull out my mobile banking apps and see my retirement projections, 15 to 30 years in the future. I have an opportunity to share that information with an expert, to get their opinions. I can see projections, best and worst case outcomes.
Yet the question I would ask myself is, “How do I know I’m going to be there to enjoy that retirement?” I think the future of software will be our health information being available in the moment via software in the same way that we use our financial information now. It will help guide you in real time so you understand the “deposits and transactions” you’re making daily and how the interest on those “assets and liabilities” are going to set you up for good or bad outcomes. I see the future of software as being embedded, useful, and actionable.