Living in the Future, part 2
The other day, I realized that I’d gone the entire morning and afternoon without once touching a keyboard. My phone uses a touch screen; my new MP3 player as well; and wherever I’d go shopping, I could use a self-checkout machine. Do I want to see a movie? Well here’s a touch-screen on the Redbox.
The touch-screen monitor used to be one of those obvious signifiers of the future in sci-fi shows. “Fringe” actually winked at that earlier in the season, when a case in the alternate universe involved a ballpoint pen, leading the team to wonder when the last time anyone used a pen was, since touchscreen tablets had been the norm for so long in their tech-advanced world.
But yeah. Touchscreens everywhere. No prob. Tablets? Give it a year or two, prices will go down enough that it’ll just be another appliance to buy.
The future becomes commonplace so easily. And I like that. But I do believe we need to remember, the commonplace used to look like fricking magic.
It’s also forcing me to set my signifier ahead a little. From now on, I won’t believe we’re living in the future until I have my own giant robot to pilot.