We Keep Outrunning “The Future”

Walter Kronkite recorded this vision of a fantastic, sci-fi future back in 1969. This “computerized communications console” is what a man might use to do work in the 21st Century, because in the future men do the work.

He can print a newspaper from some sort of a primitive copy machine. A closed circuit television lets him monitor the women of the house carrying out their chores. He can see a picture of the person he’s talking to on his speakerphone.

Ah, the pace of change.

Chris Ladd is a Texan living in the Chicago area. He has been involved in grassroots Republican politics for most of his life. He was a Republican precinct committeeman in suburban Chicago until he resigned from the party and his position after the 2016 Republican Convention. He can be reached at gopliferchicago at gmail dot com.

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5 comments on “We Keep Outrunning “The Future”
  1. lomamonster says:

    We almost ran out of future, but now since the ‘nuclear option’ has been deployed in the Senate, we might just have a chance to outrun it again!

    May The Force Prevail…

  2. Craig says:

    That’s funny. All those devices in the office of the future now fit in our pockets.

  3. JohnGalt says:

    I am a biologist. The “blueprint”, so to speak of a living thing is its DNA, so it is highly useful to determine the sequence of various pieces of DNA. When I started grad school, 20-ish years ago, the state of the art methodology was called “Sanger dideoxy sequencing”, named after Fred Sanger, who won is second Nobel prize for developing this 15 years before. It cost about $200 to generate 250 base pairs (letters) of sequence, or about $1/base. Earlier this week I signed a contract to get 300 billion bases of sequence (that’s not a typo), for 0.0000001 cents/base. That’s a 100 billion-fold improvement in 20 years. My phone is significantly more powerful than the computer I used in grad school. Staggering. Imagine what wondrous things we may be using 20 years from now.

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