Predicting the future? No thanks! Or...

I was just browsing around the internet a bit today and came across this post about a 14 year old boy imagining in 1901 what America would look like in 2001. This made me think: in 1901 the changes were not as quick as they are today. Take computers for example: at 42 I'm a bit of a veteran, using computers since 1976 or so, but even in my wildest dreams I could not have imagined the way we use computers today, or the impact they're having on our daily lives and our communication. And even our social life: sadly, for some people computers have turned into their only social life... So how about making predictions for 2101...
Heck, even 5 years from now is a problem with that! For example: what will displays look like? The current mobile displays are too small, laptop-displays are too big; how about one you could fold and stick in your pocket? Farfetched? No, just take a look at Wikipedia's Electronic paper article and you'll see what I mean. It's only monochrome yet, but so was my first Palm I bought only a few years ago. Make a wireless connection with a Palm-like device and presto! Link that combo up to the internet and we don't need desktops or laptops any more... I'm sure (wireless) broadband connectivity and speed will go up the next few years, so I'm quite happy there as well! And for displays in 2101? No need: the information will be streamed directly from the "OmniNet" to the visual cortex of your brain! (Oh shoot! That means you'll have to install a firewall, virusscanner, spywareblocker and popup-killer in your brain...)


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