When we look at the future, and what we want from our world of tomorrow, our point of departure is usually what is available today.
So I took a step back into my childhood and tried to imagine what my future dreams would have been. I was a bit of a day dreamer, and know that I rather shocked my Grade 6 teacher, and my mom, by saying I wanted to be buried at the North Pole, so that the worms wouldn’t get me. Still waiting for Cryogenics or Cryonics
What was I expecting?
The question is would my 16 year old self recognise the world I now live in.
- She would certainly expect me to still be reading a lot
- She would not expect me to have a Kindle and an iPad, with hundreds of books downloaded but still belong to two print book clubs (the ladies are so nice, and we have such fun, and a little bit of wine)
I know she would also be delighted by:
- Laser (hair removal and eye surgery, among other things)
- Microwave ovens
- Instant access to Google, she was as much a trivia junky then, as I am
- On line recipes
- Remote controls (TV, Cars, Security), terminally lazy, then and now
- Biometrics (Face and finger)
- Being able to read in the dark without a torch, read in queues, and three weeks battery life on the Kindle
- Cell phones – speech, data, visuals and a camera, Wow! …and Candy Crush
- Skype and FaceTime
- Not having to have photos developed, unless you want an amazing photo book
- Instant sharing of photos and information, around the world
- Laptops and tablets, a mobile world
- Online Scrabble, no more begging the family to play
- Ice machines in the fridge!!!
- Great careers for women in IT
I am sure there are things that 16 year old me would not have anticipated, nor liked:
- War, death and destruction brought into our living rooms, daily
- The end of privacy, PoPi, not withstanding
- Cyber Trolls
Two sides to every picture, but Technology is changing our world faster than we can imagine.
Definitely living My World of Tomorrow Today.
Hope to see you at MWOT.
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