Yes, But Where Is My Flying Car?
from the ah,-to-be-a-futurist dept
You have to love the futurists. When they’re not thinking about putting iPods into womens’ breasts they’re complaining about how there are too many futurists competing with them, and how they need to set up some sort of certification system to make sure the futurists you rely on are certifiably futuristic. So, when these brilliant futurists finally get around to making their predictions, why do they all seem so pointless? The same futurist who came up with the musical breasts idea is now touting “simplicity” as a futuristic concept, claiming that the age of adding functionality is now over and it’s time to simplify. Then we’ve got fairly obvious ones like better speech recognition (as if that hasn’t been named every year for the last thirty years) and better mobile tools for communications (as if that hasn’t been obvious for the past five years). All in all, it basically sounds like the same set of predictions you hear from these guys every year, but which are either about as likely to come true as what you used to see at Tomorrowland or are so obvious that it doesn’t take a futurist (certified or not) to point them out. At least they’re not trotting out the tried and true flying car issue… oh wait, maybe that’s because it’s actually for sale (though, actually getting it to fly is another story).