“Mum, we’re living in the future!” I watched as young boy stared, mesmerised at a simple 3D hologram toy that made a small frog seem to sit above a bowl. But he was right, we really are living the future… well, nearly.
Laurel Papworth mentioned in one of her vlogs that we’re living in the ‘almost there’ generation. It’s that generation of people who grew up watching shows like Star Trek and movies like Back to the Future and seeing what the sci-fi writers saw as the ‘future.’
Watching reruns of Next Generation, you can see the crew of the starship walking around with tablets, streaming video calls and using voice commands. While we don’t have huge starships, a lot of the ‘future’ tech is already here… and it’s amazing.
The recent CES showcased a whole lot of new tech: some useful, some not so useful and some that could really make a difference to communities around the world where modern technology is scarce. Audi also demoed the latest self-driving car software that’s moving us closer to those self driving cars in the Minority Report.
But on the other hand, there’s still something niggling at us, there is so much cool stuff that science fiction has teased us with that’s still not here. It seems so close but yet so far, especially when it comes to how we get around. We’re here yearning for teleporters, flying cars and jetpacks.
Dear science, cheers for the iPods
Whitegoods, yeah thank you for the cyborgs.
Top work on the ligthbulb, that was quite cool.
But where’s my hoverboard?
- Dear Science by Seth Sentry
But we are living in times that are pretty amazing. Technology is taking us further and we’re moving forward (literally) faster than ever before. And while Seth Sentry’s song “Dear Science” echoes a lot of what we’re thinking, this legendary video from Louis CK really hits the nail on the head when it comes to appreciating just how fantastic things are right now.
What was once considered ‘futuristic’ is here, and it isn’t. Some of the old sci-fi prophesies are here. Some aren’t – but it’s exciting because they seem like they’re just around the corner.
What ‘future’ tech are you looking forward to the most? For me, I’m really looking forward to teleporters.
(Because January can be kinda boring.)
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