The other day I heard someone say, “Back in 2018…” My brain did a double-take. It sounded odd, 2018 was the future. The year 2018 was the future for so long, it just didn’t sound right being in the past.
I read Orwell’s most famous book when 1984 was the future. Now it’s the past, but strangely, the belated present. I’m trying to write a screenplay that’s set in 2045 that involves androids. I keep having to move it backward in time because it’s all coming too fast.
Yes, I’ve been hearing myself sound like an old man, but I’m not old, everyone else has just gotten younger. I walked a mile to kindergarten by myself. There were three channels on my B&W Television and we had a record player. We had a telephone that rang occasionally and it was always important. I’ve told my kids these things more than once.
I don’t feel ‘old.’ Even when it’s clear I’m not the man I used to be, I still don’t feel old.
But it’s a new millennium, another decade in, and like it or not, now is the future. So let’s celebrate what’s good.
The roaring twenties are shaping up to be very, very interesting. My pet theory is that this decade is when we get the physical manifestation of the gains made by computational capacity.
We are woefully lacking in perspective when it comes to our recent developments in technology.
We are now able to access knowledge directly, we can talk to anyone in the world. We can see ourselves. This is the definition of consciousness. We, as a world, are becoming conscious like a baby realizes it has a belly-button. This is just the beginning! We see ourselves. Ugly, beautiful, wonderful, horrible, unfathomable, disgusting, brilliant, lovable, cute, endearing, revolting. A hundred years ago, you had to be fairly elite to even know there was another side of the world, now we can see anything and everything.
People think, like 13 year-olds, that because we can now see these things we can fix them. They want just good things and feelings and they want to eliminate all the negatives. I just realized how screwed up the world is and since we are now all ‘connected’ I implore everyone to take action on what I think is important!
But we are in a distinctly new era. As someone from the “OKBoomer” generation, it’s my duty to inform my co-generationists some of the amazing new developments, and I celebrate them. I really don’t think enough of us have stopped to assess the positives of all of this.
We have so many resources and incredibly talented people, now connected from around the world, a convergence and competition of cultures and perspectives, the ability to deliver lectures, courses, perspectives, tutorials. People showing you in concise, coherent language how to fix some make and model tractor to …. anything.
Let’s just start with Elon Musk.
In every era, there are true visionaries, but interestingly, the great majority of them went unrecognized in their day. Right? Because their theories undermined conventional wisdom. Tesla, Einstein, Galileo… If Shakespeare were alive today, he’d have more money than the Beatles!
So let’s just entertain the idea that Elon Musk might someday be considered in such company.
Please come on the tour, starting in a factory:
Aged well six-year-old interview:
That’s just one guy/company! I was going to post more examples, but I’m sure there are others here who can post in the comments.
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