In the millions of years of evolution that humans have been through, the moment when we realized that the future exists was quite significant. This idea cannot be emphasized enough.
Other animals do not have a concept of the future. They live day by day and only live on survival mode.
However, the human brain has developed enough that one can grasp that there is actually a tomorrow. So, one realizes that by making some sacrifice today, the future can be made better.
Thus humans work and save and build families so that they can live comfortably in the future. Humans could then move from mere survival mode to the comfort & prosperity mode. This is thanks to the millions of years of evolution of our brains and the development of consciousness to what it is today.
The future is something that very few of us have an accurate idea of how it is going to be. Even among those whose ideas of the future turns out to be accurate, a lot of luck is usually involved.
One of the problems is that a lot of our thinking is biased by what we have experienced in the past. We naturally assume that our future is going to be similar to our past.
This is a bias one has to overcome. Being aware of this bias will help with reducing any arrogance one might have about knowing too much, while the reality is that we know very little. As Socrates is supposed to have said:
“The only thing I know, is that I know nothing”
In the past few years, cloud computing has been the rage. It involves providing a lot of services from a centralized platform.
This could be almost seen as somewhat akin to how mainframes used to dominate in the early days of computing with their massive centralized computing power.
However, it appears that with the ongoing innovations in the IoT field, a wave of decentralization may take place in the field of computing similar to how PCs came to replace mainframes in popular usage.
Progress for the sake of progress is not a sustainable solution. In most cases, progress towards solving a problem or improving the lives of people provides a better bet for success.
Newton’s second law defines what acceleration is. The rate of velocity or velocity per unit time is a way to think about it.
To go from the steam engine to widespread usage of the telephone took nearly a century and a half.
However, to go from the internet to widespread use of smart phones took around a couple of decades.
At this accelerated pace, when will self driving cars and trips to Mars become commonplace? The answer is: in the not too distant future.
It does feel like we are living in the “future” thanks to all the impressive progress we have made in a short time. As technology grows, the pace of changes has also grown. Some of the exciting fields seem to be
- Self driving cars
- Flying cars
- Connected homes and internet of things
- Blockchain and cryptocurrency
- Space travel and Mars exploration
- Artificial intelligence
- Augmented/virtual reality
- Green energy
Its up to you to choose your ride as we travel into the future.