Saturday, October 15, 2016

#134: Hopelessness

As a 90s kid, I know I sound completely biased when I say this, but I honestly believe that the early 90s were the most ideal time in American history. The Cold War had ended, the economy had recovered from a recession and was heading towards an economic boom, and technology was advancing like never before with innovations such as the internet.

I can only imagine that someone who had fallen into a coma back then and awoke today would be shocked to learn that all of that peace, prosperity, and optimism had been undone by war, recession, and ignorance-driven demagoguery. It would be like a nightmare that you could never wake up from!

On a lighter note, back in 1993, AT&T ran the following series of commercials that predicted future innovations such as GPS navigation, videoconferencing, tablet computers, smartwatches, and streaming video on-demand. In fact, the only thing these commercials didn’t seem to get right was that these technologies would be brought to the world by AT&T! It just goes to show that, if there is any hope for the future, it will be brought about by science and technology, not through politics.

Go ahead and check out these commercials for yourself. You’ll be surprised by how spot-on these future predictions were: