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Old 10-08-2014, 04:28 PM
 
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I would like to know, what are some technologies that make you feel like that we are living in the future? I am 20 and growing up I read a lot of science fiction on what people of the past imagined what the future was going to be like. So I am disappointed now that its 2014 and I still don't have my jetpacks, hover board, flying cars, underwater or lunar colonies, and so on. But I wonder, is there any technology around today that makes you feel like we are living in the future?
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Old 10-08-2014, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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The main thing is how computers are getting smaller and smaller with wearable tech and the coming virtual reality like the Sony glasses for the PlayStation.
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Old 10-08-2014, 09:18 PM
 
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I think 3D printers are mind-boggling.
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Old 10-09-2014, 05:46 PM
 
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What technologies make you feel like you are living in the future?

Well, after 60 years of useless TV, my Roku is pretty cool. And I was six before we had our first TV.
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Old 10-09-2014, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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What technologies make you feel like you are living in the future?

Well, after 60 years of useless TV, my Roku is pretty cool. And I was six before we had our first TV.
I wonder how much longer we will have TV? With virtual reality coming will that mean the end of TV in the 2020's? I have no idea but its interesting to think about.
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Old 10-09-2014, 11:03 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Define "future."

Frankly, I am not impressed by this "future," and technology doesn't make me feel like I'm living in an advanced civilization when idiots are still going around cutting off heads, politicians are behaving like politicians have since the days of Babylon, and we still haven't figured a simple and cost effective way out of the gravity well.

In many ways, this era has more in common with the 1800s and earlier, while the late 1960s and early 1970s held hope for far greater things. Sure some people have phones turning them into trackable androids in the service of employers, but slave collars had the same effect and were cheaper. Instant access to inane conversations with friends who know more about sports and fashion than history does not impress me as "futuristic."
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Old 10-10-2014, 10:37 AM
 
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"With virtual reality coming"
Already came and went. Think back to approximately 1993-1995.

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"In many ways, this era has more in common with the 1800s and earlier, while the late 1960s and early 1970s held hope for far greater things. Sure some people have PDAs turning them into trackable androids in the service of employers, but slave collars had the same effect and were cheaper. Instant access to inane conversations with friends who know more about sports and fashion than history does not impress me as 'futuristic.'"
^-- This. Even the '80s seemed more hopeful.

The progression of the current "future" and its technology will bring with it the regression of humanity.
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Old 10-10-2014, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Westeros
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They just installed a retinal scan device where I work. Prior to this I had only seen them in sci-fi movies, the most memorable scene being in "Demolition Man" where Wesley Snipes' character holds-aloft the removed eye from some guy so he can gain entry. Yuck!
Also, this scan machine at my work has a female British accent, that asks you to either step closer of further away to get the optimum scan, and then thanks you and tells you that you have been authorized. Seems to me I recall sci-fi movies also having British accents in some of their devices as well!
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Old 10-10-2014, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I would like to know, what are some technologies that make you feel like that we are living in the future? I am 20 and growing up I read a lot of science fiction on what people of the past imagined what the future was going to be like. So I am disappointed now that its 2014 and I still don't have my jetpacks, hover board, flying cars, underwater or lunar colonies, and so on. But I wonder, is there any technology around today that makes you feel like we are living in the future?
When my car automatically drives me home from work when there's bumper to bumper traffic and I just relax and get a massage.
Wifi everywhere is pretty amazing, too.

What I think is stupid is that I had to drive to a meeting today - 45 min each way for a 45 min meeting...in 2014, we DO have the tech and SHOULD USE IT to video conference as much as possible.
But people are so slow on the pickup with this crap.
Thank god for the massage.
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Old 10-10-2014, 08:14 PM
 
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What technologies make you feel like you are living in the future?

Well, after 60 years of useless TV, my Roku is pretty cool. And I was six before we had our first TV.
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I wonder how much longer we will have TV? With virtual reality coming will that mean the end of TV in the 2020's? I have no idea but its interesting to think about.
I'm glad to see the advent of the (insert manufacturer here) cell phone/wrist watch technology. Once it gets started it's going to grow phenomenally. I used to read Dick Tracy comics when I was a kid. About ten years ago I realized we could approach that and announced at work that it would happen.

It will be the future when a hologram pops out of that watch and stan4 can have his face to face conference call. And the hat Tracy wore will be a solar power supply/storage/dish. The dish may not be necessary by then... with ubiquitous wifi - a human right. Upgraded and improved of course.
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