With this post, I will finally get around to acknowledging that it’s no longer 2014. I don’t know about you, but I still get a thrill when I think about these year numbers. When you start reading science fiction in 1963, as I did, the 21st century was the future, man. Way off in time when all these fantastic things would be happening.
Yet here we are. It’s 2015 and ya know? There are some of those fantastic things actually going on. Just typing this post on my tablet/laptop hybrid, with world-wide-available word-processing software, and sending it out wirelessly to thousands of people at once, with just a keystroke, is pretty incredible. Even more incredible is that I could have done all this with my phone. Or my TV.
The flying cars aren’t here yet, but the driverless ones are. I suspect one day our infrastructure will support computer-controlled traffic and we’ll all eat breakfast while our car takes us to work. Or better – we won’t own private vehicles because we won’t need to. Computer-controlled public transport will be efficient and affordable. We’ll even be able to press a button and order a private car to pick us up if we need it.
I won’t be surprised if this happens in my lifetime. I’ll be around for a while longer, keeping track as the science fiction of my youth becomes the life I live.