It’s 2013. We are two years away from 2015, the year that….Doc and Marty travel to in the future. Which begs the question, do you ever see things that make you stop and realize we are living in the Future? I’m talking about things that if you saw in a Sci-Fi movie as a kid you were like “What a weird futureworld!” Well, let’s look at a few technologies and see where Dolly Drive ranks with them.
Imagine it’s 1996. I write a paper on my Mac color classic. Now, where do I keep it? On that Mac. Maybe a Floppy. That’s it! But what if I write that paper today? Now it’s available anywhere I want. On my three Macs (“Hold on!”, says 1996 me. “Who has more than 1 Mac?”), my Phone (“you mean the one tethered to my car?”), or even when I’m on my mother-in-law’s PC when I’m over at her house (“Wait, I’m gonna get married?!!!”). That’s where we are now. I can always get my stuff, even without having my computer. We’re a long way from 3.5 inch diskettes. Plus, it’s all backed up, so all of these zeroes and ones that mean so much to me are never going to be lost. Sadly, I wrote an awesome paper my senior year in high school that I will never get to read again because the floppy it was on was lost and the computer doesn’t turn on. An occurance like that doesn’t need to happen now. With Dolly Drive, I could still access every paper I wrote 20 years earlier from anywhere, at anytime. Not just the ability to Google sports scores, song lyrics or old fast food commercials. I can access my entire digital life! That’s pretty futuristic.
Dolly Drive: Future Rating: 4 out of 5 Jetpacks
Then, there’s Google Glass. I wrote recently about how there wasn’t much excitement around CES this year, because the past few years have brought us 3D TVs, iPhones & iPads and we need to take a break from cool things. But I’m wrong. Google Glass is literally the future. If you haven’t seen it, you must. And if you haven’t seen this parody, I encourage that too. Every bit of information in the world, layered over every single thing in the world. (And the start to my theory of time travel that if we record our lives digitally, and create virtual composites, we can go back to digital recreations of that moment, or be in someone else’s moment.) But I digress…Let’s start with “Ok, Glass, show me nearby coffee shops”.
Google Glass: Future Rating: 5 out of 5 Jetpacks
Chewy Fruit Snacks
We feed my 5 year old daughter these little bags of 80-calorie chewy fruit snacks. Mixed Fruit, Island Fruit, Strawberry. They are little pellets of what we assume to be fruit. I mean, the packaging says they are made with real fruit & fruit juices. And it says they contain no preservatives. But they are little pellets of non-fruit shaped fruit! In 1975, if someone asked, “In the year 2013, will kids still eat fruit?” the answer is “Well, they eat these little compressed, gelatinous, fruit-tasting pellets.” Bizarre then, normal now. I’m not saying that’s good. I’m just saying futurists called it.
Fruit Snacks: Future Rating: 5 out of 5 Jetpacks
You could probably categorize FaceTime in Google Glass since video calls are part of it. But in 1975, the Jetsons had video phones. The first incarnation I ever saw was just that someone’s picture would come up when they called. Now we can talk to them, Face to Face, wherever we are. Phone, Computer, iPad. And we don’t even make a big deal out of it! Spoiled we are!
FaceTime: Future Rating: 5 out 5 Jetpacks.
Hoverboard: Future Rating: TBD
In 1997, Scientists in Scotland cloned a sheep. They named her Dolly. It was certainly an incredible breakthrough in science and created lots of conversation about whether it was a turning point in mankind. Would the world be full of genetically modified human clones who could be manufactured by science? Well, its been 15 years and while I can’t speak to everything about technology in the world, I can tell you I don’t know anyone who is a clone. 15 years later, we’re still all human. Which is actually, coincidentally, why we love Dolly Drive.
Cloned Sheep: Future Rating: 2 out of 5 Jetpacks