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.