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Old 12-24-2017, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Raleigh
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Sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. When you see magic beyond David Copperfield or David Blaine, it's the future.
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Old 12-24-2017, 10:04 AM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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I think there are things that make you wow from time to time. Smartphones, smart devices, etc.

That said - while technological innovation seemed to have accelerated over the last 5-7 years, I almost feel that social norms/behavior has deteriorated. But I guess that's a conversation for a different thread...
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Old 12-25-2017, 08:00 AM
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Location: Ontario
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This morning my amazon show alarm went off waking me up. The display showed the time. As I got up I used voice commands to turn on my bedroom light.

I grabbed my bathrobe, and went downstairs to shower, I told the echo dot in my bathroom to play my playlist.

As I dressed in my room I asked my echo show for the morning news, and what my commute was looking like.

Thats just one piece of tech that changed things into something I only saw in science fiction when I was younger.

I have a virtual reality headset (A vive), and im seeing cures show up for previously lethal things.

People are auto-identified in my photos, and cell phones are amazing!
Interesting, donít have any of that....early adopters are living in the future,
other people, like me, not so much.
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Old 12-25-2017, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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Do you feel like we are living in the future yet?
The reason why most people don't feel like we are living in the future is because the technological changes take effect gradually and we get "gradually" accustomed to the changes. This is similar to putting a frog in a pot of water on the stove, and gradually increasing the heat. But if you are old enough and compare the technologies of the 50's to the technologies of today, then you realize how far we have moved into the future.
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Old 12-25-2017, 02:20 PM
 
Location: St.Paul
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The reason why most people don't feel like we are living in the future is because the technological changes take effect gradually and we get "gradually" accustomed to the changes. This is similar to putting a frog in a pot of water on the stove, and gradually increasing the heat. But if you are old enough and compare the technologies of the 50's to the technologies of today, then you realize how far we have moved into the future.
It is not just tech though I feel our infrastructure has not changed. Lots of older architecture from seventies lots of older homes still around.
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Old 12-25-2017, 02:45 PM
 
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It's cool how we can all use this forum to communicate instantly across the globe about how underwhelming the future is.
Perhaps the "underwhelming" note keeps being struck because people don't change. Lots of new toys, same old animal.
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Old 12-25-2017, 04:02 PM
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Location: Los Angeles
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I spoke to my sister and her family yesterday and we were remembering the old days when family members had to line up to speak on the phone. "Hurry up, it's LONG DISTANCE". My first TV in college was B & W. My first calculator was a $ 99 Bomar 4 function job. I remember hating my friends whose phone number was 998-9999 because of rotary phones, thank God for push buttons. I've seen fax machines come & go. I could go on, but yeah, I feel like I'm in the future.
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Old 12-26-2017, 10:12 AM
 
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You have no idea how 1980's it really is, do you? I was doing the same (different topics) starting in 1984 with Usenet. Replies took a little longer, mostly due to the fewer number of participants.

By 1990 I was freaking my mom out by leaving her text messages on her computer (me in Montana at college, her in Wyoming in her college office), had "penpals" all over the globe and real-time chat via telnet services anytime I liked. Video chat was a thing by the mid 90's. Oohhh, so modern and futuristic here in 2018, 20 and 30 years later.
The 1980s were also futuristic and cool. Really, I'd peg the 1950s as a historic leap into a new era, with the advent of TVs and microwaves and so on. The future seems passe because we've been living in it for 60 years.
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Old 12-26-2017, 10:14 AM
 
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The reason why most people don't feel like we are living in the future is because the technological changes take effect gradually and we get "gradually" accustomed to the changes. This is similar to putting a frog in a pot of water on the stove, and gradually increasing the heat. But if you are old enough and compare the technologies of the 50's to the technologies of today, then you realize how far we have moved into the future.
This isnt just by coincidence though, its planned that way for a reason.

Gone are the days when we would see huge leap forwards like the light bulb, the wheel, ability to create fire, etc.

I think its strange we dont see many inventors on the internet, especially with Youtube and other video sharing sites, in years past, inventors would put on public displays of their newest invention or creation, in town square or public parks, (even if they didnt work)...dont see any of that nowadays for some reason? where are the Teslas, Edisons, etc of our time?
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Old 12-26-2017, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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<>where are the Teslas, Edisons, etc of our time?
Some will tell you they are in the Gulag.
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