Living in the Future
In the past few hours, I have…
Made casual jokes with a friend thousands of miles away, at virtually no expense.
Worked on a class I’m taking, for free, from a university at a similar distance.
Watched a short video, obscure and decades old, on a whim.
Exchanged useful technical information with a stranger who may live on the other side of the world, or next door.
Searched virtually all the world’s information for one trivial fact to make my life slightly easier.
Used a computer, hundreds of times more powerful than those used to run the moon mission or simulate the atomic bomb, just to look at cute pictures of cats.
And I did all of this while sitting outside, at a bar, while enjoying a tasty beer which was imported at low expense from the other side of the world.
Fifty years ago, most of these ideas would have been ludicrous. A hundred years ago, they would have been unimaginable.
We take all of this for granted. It’s worth recognizing, every once in a while, that despite all our problems, we live in an age of wonders.