There’s no denying that the ‘future’ is a subjective term. However, it’s also completely undeniable that we’re living in it!
If automated cars, personal devices with the processing power of last century’s super computers, and private sector space-ships don’t convince you, nothing will.
Big Strides, Bigger Effects
One of the biggest ‘futuristic’ areas is in computing.
Just fifty years ago, the kind of computer power that operates your cell phone was still a dream away. In December of 2014, the fastest computer in the world operated at a speed measured in quadrillions of cycles per second and there are cell-phones that have processing power nearing 1 Gigaflops (flops – floating point operations per second).
Compare that to the supercomputing Cray-2 which peaked at 1.9 Gigaflops when it was introduced in 1985.
If the ‘future’ has to be defined, computers are the definition. They’re everywhere, controlling everything, and making technology possible that was pure science fiction just decades ago.
When you call up a friend on the cell-phone or check a fact on the Internet, you’re not just doing something mundane. You’re tapping the buttons of the future.
Along with modern computers goes voice recognition technology.
The technology might have once been a bad commercial joke and lab showpiece, but today it’s working in a variety of places. It appears in doctor’s offices, vehicles, and especially smart phones.
Most of the current voice recognition software isn’t good enough to have a real conversation with, but that’s steadily getting closer, too. We’re working on technology that will make arguing with an annoying gold-plated android possible.
Not only are we living in the future, we’re still building the future we’ll be living in tomorrow.
Wagon Trains To A New Frontier?
For the first time, space flight is realistically within reach of private companies and individuals.
One of the leaders in privatized space flight R&D, Virgin Galactic, is hard at work building a line of space vessels that mirrors earth-bound passenger lines. Their current design, SpaceShipTwo, will carry up to eight passengers with a view towards sight-seeing.
A trip into space, looking for adventure, is one of humanity’s oldest dreams come true. If SpaceShipTwo functions as well as SpaceShipOne already has, we might be visiting Bigelow’s space module sooner than we ever expected.
For centuries, roads allowed the Romans to maintain and expand an empire. The reason for this: ease of transportation for everyone, most particularly the Roman legions.
Now, however, roads have become ‘so last-century’ as far as being the pinnacle of rapid travel.
Super efficient cars get us everywhere we need to go daily, but the entire world is within reach by air. Trans-oceanic flights are not only common-place, they’re trips on which we expect every amenity.
Yes, It’s The Future
These are just a few examples of exactly why we’re living in the future. Our technology has even exceeded the predictions of science-fiction in some areas and is rapidly outpacing even the modern imagination.
Are you sitting in your armchair at home or your office at work? Maybe you’re at a restaurant having lunch?
It doesn’t matter, really. Wherever you are, look around; chances are, you’ll be staring at something that proves we’re in the future.