Not so hot on the heels of Quimby, I’m going to give my own predictions for what the major technological innovations will be over the next century. I’m not too good at this stuff, unfortunately. For the most part, I tend to be of the opinion that futurists are full of it. I think the trend, looking back over last 50 years or so, is that we’ve come up with things that would’ve blown people’s minds back then, but our innovations have largely been different from the things that were fantasized about. So there’re no conscious robots or flying cars, and the space program isn’t where people thought it would be, but we do have the Internet, 3D accelerators, digital cameras, video conferencing over IM, and miniscule cell phones in every pocket.
I think that, to a large degree, the areas where we came up short are areas where philosophical or other ideological dreams and desires of the age skewed expectations. So, for this entry, I’m going to try, as much as I can, to stay practical and extrapolate future technology from what we have now, and what our needs are, and to guestimate where it looks to me that it’s all going. Of course, this is bound to be extremely inaccurate: we’re estimating 100 years here, not just 50. Imagine trying to predict where we’d be now back in 1906. But, without further ado, let’s look ahead, all the way… to the year 2106: