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2010: Living in the future

In Uncategorized on 2010-01-01 by Kyle Maxwell


It’s 2010. We live in the future now. For whatever reason, even more than the years 2000 and 2001, this one always had a much stronger future connotation for me. And now… it’s here.

We might not have moon colonies, although we do have space hotels in development. And if you tried to tell me that homicidal computers have come onto the scene, I’d believe it.

But even so: we have ubiquitous computing, after a fashion, and a pervasive data network accessible from anywhere. Even third-world countries have lots of wireless personal communicators. Ninja robot assassins roam the skies over farflung deserts to kill those deemed a security threat. The President of the United States is black. Consumer marketing uses the term “augmented reality” and doesn’t have to explain it. Our shoes can send updates on our progress around the world. The US government has done away with the Fourth Amendment in cases where it finds it inconvenient. China has gone capitalist. Latin American soap operas have crossed over with English versions to become mega pop culture hits in the US. Video games have bigger opening days than blockbuster movies.

I could go on, but you get the point.

We live in the future, now.

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