Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Future Will Be Spectacular!

Robert Guillaume's character uttered words similar to these in an episode of Sports Night anticipating the Millennium Bug. The rest of the speech was kind of hyperbolic and historically inaccurate, but there's no reason to go into that here.

In 2000, IBM had a fun advertisement with Avery Brooks railing about the fact that it was the year 2000 and the flying cars he had been promised by technologists when he was a child had never materialized. You can watch it here, if you're interested. Ultimately, I think we all understand that flying cars would be much more of a novelty than an actual valuable contribution to society, despite what the Jetsons may have led us to believe, but that doesn't mean we can't or shouldn't look at new innovations and products with enthusiasm and optimism.

This article is what inspired me to write this entry, because I think that the grounded approach that John Silence took to predicting future innovations was spot-on then and remains so today. I do think, however, that it's vitally important that we keep in mind the fact that our advances in technology are never going to replace people. Not completely. If they did, it would be the end of humanity; not in a robot apocalypse sense, but rather simply because people need to have a purpose in their lives.

So that's where I'm at now...The future will be spectacular! Once I get there...

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