Friday, February 01, 2008

PC World - The Next 25 Years in Tech

"The future ain't what it used to be. In the pre-PC era, futurists predicted huge changes in transportation. By 2008 we would be flitting about in personal jetpacks and taking vacations on the moon. But the communications revolution spurred by personal computers and the Internet wasn't on anyone's radar."

One has to wonder (well, I have to wonder) whether our preoccupation with infinite desktop CPU speed (needed to boot Vista in one's lifetime) and other Star-Trekish technological impossibilities like teleportation and materializing manufactured goods out of thin air from the VR world hasn't permanently unhinged our imaginations from real world things that could have actually been accomplished.

Day by day, the Futurological Congress is coming to life near you, although it may be in the form of a computer screen rather than a pill.

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