I’d like to talk a little bit about The Future and what we think The Future looks like.
When you think of The Future—be it thirty years from now or three hundred—what is your mental picture? Electric cars replacing gas-driven cars? Driverless cars replacing drivers? Flying cars? Holograms? Putting a tiny pizza into a magical Hydrator that makes it ready to eat in five seconds? Interconnected displays for all your social media needs in every room of the house? Holographic displays, because those are cooler? Accessing the internet with your brain? Face-mounted displays like Google Glass or Oculus Rift being the norm rather than a rarity? Spending a great deal of time in a VR environment with photorealistic virtual avatars that may or may not actually represent the real you? Will the internet still be like the one we know today or will it look and operate a lot differently, whether from technological advances or the interference of government regulation or capitalism? Will we all have our own personal AI assistant?
When you think of The Future, do you only imagine advanced technology that a wealthy, end consumer in a first-world country would own?