(take your pick)
I was recently sorting through some papers and spent a little time looking at my childhood collection of Electric Company magazines. 'Tis true: my love of the Electric Company spans a lifetime, in all forms—old show, new show, magazine form... I had to stop and giggle at what our 1980 selves thought the world might look like today:
Monster size screens! Auto-programmers!
Here's a true story about those video recorders: by 1991, there were video recorders available to high school seniors to lug around on their shoulders and record their classmates for an entire year. I know, because I was one of four people who filmed, edited, and produced a TERRIBLE QUALITY but priceless senior film in 1991. We were amazed at our power. Kids of today would literally laugh us out of town now because smartphones and the iMovie app are approximately 2700x more powerful than anything we had at our disposal back then. That's OK, kids of today, in 25 years someone will be ready to laugh you out of town with that silly smartphone.
Some of these predictions are downright eerie, yes? And oh how odd they sounded back then when we had to actually get up to change the channel.
First they'll appear, then they'll listen, then they'll take over the world.
So here's the idea: if you are getting together with friends or family over the holidays (or just having a nice quiet celebration on your own) ask everyone to write down ten predictions for technology in the future—at least 30 years from now is best, McFly. And then seal them all up in an envelope and tuck it inside the box you store your Christmas ornaments in. Proceed to forget about it for many years, then one day open it up and marvel at those primitive people back in 2015 and their funny predictions of the world as you now know it.