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A view of the future

Sometimes I sit back and think about what all has happened technology-wise in my relatively short lifetime. I remember watching black and white TV. The introduction of color TV where the people were pink or purple. The first transistor radio. Man orbiting the earth, then landing on the moon. The introduction of the PC. The "portable" PC that was like a Singer sewing machine. Portable phones the size of a lunchbox. Now this: http://i.gizmodo.com/5167790/sixth-s...-world-forever

It's truly amazing how far we've come in such a short period of time.

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I beg to differ. If you look at the last 2 centuries, core science and technology has been actually slowing down comparing to 19th and 2/3 of the 20th centuries. Huge leaps in physics, quantum mechanics, and space conquest have been achieved during this time. I think the last 25 years were mostly dominated by improving on old core ideas (internal combustion engine, basic transistor, etc) and only been focusing on miniaturization of components (hence hand-held devices) and consumer-oriented gizmos. If you think about it, a wireless phone, CD player, or a notebook is nothing comparing to world-shuttering Theory of Relativity (early 20th century), men is space (mid-20th century), internal combustion engine (late 19th century), initial use of electricity (19th century), etc.

I think the world has succumbed to consumerism... Hey, look at my bike! It is a marvel of engineering, made... to have fun. In a sense, it is sad. Think about what the great minds that created it could do if they wanted to create something to rock the world with no obvious monitory benefit.

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Yeah, well, I haven't lived through the last 2 centuries. I'm old, but I'm not THAT old.

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Wish I still had the old b&w that had the big spinning color wheels in front of it. That thing was a hoot!

Somewhere along the way, we had 3D glasses for it - or was it two them side-by-side. TV guy had to come out to change channels by installing coils or something.


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