Sunday, April 29, 2012

The future is here

Going back to the SeaQuest train of thought.....

Oh yes, awesome show!! (First season was the best)
SeaQuest ran from 1993-1996.  It took place in the years 2021, 2022 and 2032.  Now, you have to remember that in 1993, the Internet wasn't what it is now.  It wasn't until 1996 that I actually used the Internet for the first time.  There was no way in 1993 that anyone could have guessed what would happen over the next decade in relationship to technology.

The Internet portrayed in the TV show was still rough graphics and bad sound.  At one point in the show, they travel 150 years into the future and find that mankind had a super computer that linked all the knowledge of the world together.  (It was a massive, neon light computer that took up an entire room.)   It only took a decade and we hold the entire world of knowledge in the palm of our hands.  It isn't a massive computer with flickering neon lights, it's an iPhone.

I love old sci-fi shows.  What technology they perceived as impossibly far into the future is here!  Think of the old Star Trek shows (even the ones from the 90's) they couldn't imagine the technology that was right around the corner.  It wasn't going to take a thousand years into the future to get there.

Now, we aren't traveling around in personal spaceships, like the Jetsens, but that may not be as far into the future as we might think.  What did we think possible ten years ago? Certainly not what we have now.  What will be possible ten year from now?  I can't even begin to guess.

1 comment:

SLC said...

I'm still waiting for the dolphin translator, forget the super-computer!