The Future is… Tiny
Yesterday in my Communications class we were talking about how technology has changed the way we communicate over the years. The teacher (who happens to be an elderly woman) voiced her opinion that technology has made interpersonal communications more difficult over the years, and that it has been harmful for comunicating in general as well. This was interesting to me because all of these new technologies are created to make our lives easier and make communication more effective. However, this post is about the tangent that my teacher went on (which she does often) which was about a story she had heard of that said our (we, students’) grand children will live in a world where everything is micro, including tv’s which will be placed on our eyelids. I laughed this off as I usually do at her silly anecdotes, but then i began thinking about what possibly could happen in the world of technology in the next 50-100 years.
I perused the internet (an invention that most of our parents didn’t experience until their adult years) and found this website. It is a list of future technology predictions, and it was actually very interesting! My favorites were: “A computer that can turn into the size of a small sticky note,” “Holographic mobile phone,” “Genetically modified beans could propel all of our power stations and cars and also heat our homes cheaply” and “Robotic cashiers/tellers.” While some, most or all of these and the rest from the list (you really should look at it) seem absurd and crazy, I can’t help but wonder if they’re possible to make!
I remember in 4th grade we were studying inventions (oh to be 10 again) and we each had to make a prototype of an invention for the future. I made a “pocket computer” which was a computer that was small enough to fit in your purse. Fast forward 10 years and you have the iPad! What was just an imaginative project became a reality before our eyes. I’m sure to our grandparents, they would have thought some of the things we have today were crazy and absurd predictions just as those things on the website seem crazy to us! It makes me think that everything is possible, and someday we’ll be the old people who are unable to do anything with technology.