I remember as a child writing stories about robots, and imagining a future, similar in nature to what you would see, on the television show, ‘The Jetsons.’ While we may not have all of the technology dreamed up in science fiction shows, it seems to me like, we are living in an age similar to what was portrayed in those shows.
Let me start with the most recent news. Automaker, General Motors recently announced they have filed a safety petition with the US Department of Transportation to deploy a new self-driving vehicle in 2019. According to a press release from General Motors, the Cruise AV is “the first production-ready vehicle built from the start to operate safely on its own, with no driver, steering wheel, pedals or manual controls.” While a car that includes no steering wheel or pedals may be a scary idea to some, it is just one of the many signs that the future is now.
Already in several restaurants, there are the self-serve kiosks where people can place their food orders, forgoing the lines. Similar things have been seen in certain grocery stores, where people can scan and input what they are buying.
These days, people can control many things in their home with their smartphone, such as locking doors, setting their thermostat and turning on or off lights. As well, these days people can talk to their friends or family face to face from anywhere, with Skype or FaceTime. This is definitely like something you would see in a Jetson's cartoon.
Like what has been seen on some science fiction shows, Apple’s iPhone x includes facial recognition technology.
In a column I wrote last year, titled ‘Tech Dependent’, one of the points I made, on one of the negative aspects of the technology age, was that Email, instant messaging, as well as social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter have limited the amount of face to face interaction people have. This is likely to worsen as we move further into the technology age.
I think sometimes people tend to be constantly looking for what the next big thing is, they forget we are already basically living in the future science fiction writers imagined. Who knows what the next few years will bring us.
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