Kathryn asked two questions, so today’s post answers the second:
In 20 years time (presuming the world gets better, not worse) what do you think will be the biggest technological difference between your life now and your life then ?
If I knew the answer to this, I think I’d be rich! I mean, I couldn’t have predicted any of the technology we have now – the Internet, mobile phones, email everything…
Who could have predicted the impact the Internet would’ve had on the media, entertainment, education, communication, banking, shopping…
You remember this 1995 article? Why the web won’t be nirvana:
We’re promised instant catalog shopping—just point and click for great deals. We’ll order airline tickets over the network, make restaurant reservations and negotiate sales contracts. Stores will become obselete. So how come my local mall does more business in an afternoon than the entire Internet handles in a month? Even if there were a trustworthy way to send money over the Internet—which there isn’t—the network is missing a most essential ingredient of capitalism: salespeople.
I think the only thing I can safely predict is that I can’t predict what the biggest technological difference will be, between my life now and my life twenty years into the future.
Thanks, Kathryn, for the prompt!