In 1969, the first email was sent. In 2009, over 90 trillion were sent. Billions of people communicate with each other instantaneously around the globe. Entire music, movie and television show libraries can fit in one’s pocket and can be wirelessly, instantly transferred to a device/computer. Computer power doubles roughly every two years. School-aged children are learning amazing things in the classroom…with iPads. Countless communications satellites orbit the Earth and space probes traverse the farthest reaches of the Solar System, paving the way for future missions.
The word “revolution” doesn’t even come close to describing how amazing and mind-blowing technological progress has been and continues to be.
This IS the future. We are living it. It’s come by quietly and with a bang.
In a previous post, “Our Energy Future: Solar Power,” I mentioned a mini-series the Discovery Channel aired in 2007 called 2057, in which physicists and futurists discussed current developments that will possibly mold the next 50 years of human civilization. Aside from some bland acting, it was very informative. 😉
In the episode 2057: The World, a space elevator was discussed. If you think that is what it sounds like…you’re right. An elevator cable (made of an extremely strong material) is descended from a space station in orbit around the planet to a station on the surface of the Earth. The promise: space travel becomes so affordable = space tourism and exploration is possible for the average person.
I wish I were in Tokyo right now.
The first spherical large-scale OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) screen in the world was debuted at Tokyo’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation last Saturday, June 11. The OLED screen gives viewers a chance to see the planet as those in space see it.
Watch the amazing video…