Today over at Violent Blue, we’re talking about our expectations of the future and hwo they go awry.
I think I got my first bit of Future Shock when I was visiting the library at Lorain County Community College. I was looking for a specific book at my local library and they had referred me there. As I went through the aisles, I noticed buttons on some of the bookshelves. When you pushed the button, the shelves parted and a light went on, forming a new aisles. That way, bookshelves could be compacted and more shelves could be squeezed into the space.
It seemed like the most ludicrous use of technology I’d ever seen…then I though about the matchbox sized iPod clipped to my jacket. The Nintendo DS (hacked to do other things like play music, read books and hold several games at once) in my car. I kind of realized I’m living in the future. We didn’t get jet pack and silvery jumpsuits. Still, what we have gotten is pretty amazing when you stop to think about it. My car is equipped with a GPS. A holder on the dash mounts my smart phone which has a touch screen and speaker if someone calls. An FM transmitter plugs into my iPod and sends a signal to my radio so I can listen to podcasts of Danny Bonaduche’s radio show from Seattle while the cruise control allows the car to drive itself.
Sounds like the future to me.