The Future of Technology

Friends. I have seen a meme on the internet that just isn’t true. Shocking, I know. We have not yet reached the day Marty McFly went to the future in 1989’s hit Back to the Future II. That won’t happen for another 2 years. But the prevalence of this lie has made me want to examine how far we have come since 1989 and see how much technology has changed.

When I rewatched Back to the Future II and saw 1989’s vision of what the future would look like, I wanted to laugh and cry. We have made so many wonderful improvements in our technological capabilities, but there is one thing we forgot to invent. The hoverboard. I know, we have so many wonderful toys that fulfill our every whim, life is great! But I really, really wanted a hoverboard! I shall not dwell on this egregious oversight, but if we were able to create Excel workbooks that function like a video game, I really think we should have devoted some of our energy to creating this marvelous form of transportation.

So let’s look at what we have accomplished in the intervening 25 years. First, the obvious. In 1989, you could forget HDTV or even flat screen monitors. In 1989, we had a beast that took up our entire desktops called the Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) Monitor. This monitor weighted about 1001 pounds and only displayed very pixilated images. Pretty Awesome. In 1989, the Windows operating system was still running far behind Apple in sales; as a matter of fact, Windows 3.0 wouldn’t even be released for another year. Friends, for all practical purposes, the world wide web hadn’t even been invented yet.

And today, it's rare to come across someone who doesn’t own either a computer or a smart phone. Or both! We walk around the streets with more computing power than the spaceships that went to the moon. Take that Back to the Future! But there is so much more out there. Take a look at the possibilities of Arduino boards or 3D printing or Google Glass or even something as simple as Solar Panels! We have come a long way and we have a lot to be grateful for.

What is your favorite piece of technology? How do you use it?

Written by squee on May 9, 2013


Midge on May 10, 2013


After yesterday I'd have to say Arduino! In reality, it's Google Reader. Alas, soon to be no more. Very fond of my solar panels, Android phone, hybrid car, electric tea kettle, yeah, we've come a long way, baby!

Erin the Librarian on May 11, 2013


I want a hoverboard!!!! I do know they've been working on hover technology, off an on since the 80's...and have had successful trials....maybe in 2 years :D.


So grateful for the calculator and voice recognition apps.

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