Smart phones, hi speed internet and GPS systems are old news by now. I get a little uneasy when I realize my phone is smarter than I am, and I really don’t like to think about what is around the bend.
I overheard a news clip this week about a headset being developed which will allow us to post pictures on the internet using only our concentration. You think it, it magically appears. I hate to think some of the things I THINK could somehow post themselves on the net. How embarrassing would that be?
Someone else suggested we will soon have computer strips imbedded in our wrists which we will simply slide over a scanner to make purchases at the store. Will currency even be necessary any longer? I think not.
It is projected that self-driving cars could become a reality in the next five years which tickles me to death. That certainly Is reassuring since I’ve been dreading that inevitable day my children try to take my keys away. Can flying cars and synthetic brains be far behind? Do you really want someone who can barely drive on the ground flying around in your air space?
Will space tourism replace Disney world as the the hottest destination for vacationers? I also heard a device is being developed which will allow your doctor to shake your hand and instantly monitor all your vital signs and take a CT Scan. I guess the baby boomers will be carted off to “granny pods” to live out their golden years.
By 2040 it is believed we will be able to download the entire contents of our brains. I’d pass on that because I’m not sure there’s very much up there worth downloading.
Before I get all excited about the future I hope we step back and reassess if we are actually making progress or just destroying the last vestiges of privacy.
Personally I’d rather see technology produce more practical applications. How about a coffee maker that doesn’t dribble, a self-cleaning car that changes it’s own oil. Maybe a zapper so we can virtually blow up a politician bloviating on television.
How about an automatic rain-maker that can start and stop with a remote control. Why can’t they come up with a laser gun which can break up a hurricane or tornado before it can destroy an entire city? Now, that’s what I’d like to see.
For sure we need a dome to put over the planet to replace the ozone layer. Given the choice I still prefer the 50s and 60s before cell phones and computers began to monopolize our lives and cut into the quality time we spend with family and friends.