I finally got to watching this presentation of nsquared Presenter 2.0 without buffering, and perhaps it has something to do with my 7 day old niece resting on my chest as I watch it. Don’t know, but glad I could see the tech as seamless as a video on my iPad allows. Thing is, I come away from it thinking that in 2037 (when my niece is 25), my niece could look back at this with the kind of novel glee that I do the Jetsons and Transformers – imaginative, but not quite the truth.
Can you just imagine 2037. There could be far fewer people, louder wars, and no such thing as Internet. About the only thing that could remain consistent is that a 7 day old child gets swaddled. Can you imagine if there is a chip on the child for ID purposes? Or, what about a series of planned “upgrades” based on suppositions of her genetic code from before she was born?
When I saw that video, I was reminded that we don’t do enough with our present tech to dream, but also that what happens in the future isn’t for us to determine now. We have to cultivate the base ethics and behaviors that will make life in 2037 livable and prosperous for as many people as possible.
Funny, because as I told Wes today at lunch, that’s more where my heart and mind are, the shiny stuff just doesn’t matter as much as what the little one in my arms is going to be capable of when her “software” really comes online.