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Imagining the future

I've always had a fascination with technology, often imagining the many ways it could shape our world, and what that might look like.

From flying cars to hover boards, there was no end to the possibilities. And, at the time, nothing seemed too far fetch or out of reach. 

Well, It's been more than 40 years since my childhood imaginings, and, as you can probably guess, my expectations and reality didn't always pan out as I had hoped or imagined. While flying cars and hover boards are a reality today, they only exist in prototype forms, unavailable to the general public.

Sadly, we also remain without a cure for the common cold, which many earlier futurists had also predicted would come into fruition by now. Unless you're one of the many internet conspiracy theorists, who would have us all believe that our governments are reverse engineering alien tech and keeping such cures to themselves.

But don't get too caught up in their sensational spin, as many of these same conspiracy advocates also believe the Earth is flat. 

I'd be lying if I said that I wasn't disappointed about the flying cars, but we do have much better medicines to manage the common cold. And we're making lots of progress with flight-based technologies such as piloted drones, so there's still plenty of reason to remain optimistic.

The fact is, predicting the path and timeline that technology will take is nothing more than an educated guess. We can do our best to extrapolate future developments based on the data of our past and present trajectory, but its still just a guess, and I wouldn't go betting the ranch on it.

I totally understand how the lack of accuracy regarding such predictions can make people jaded and cynical as a result. But I can assure you that there is much reason to be hopeful in spite of this.

While it's true that past technology predictions have not always transpired as predicted, its also equally true that past skepticism and predictions of technological failures have also been wrong.

History is riddled with skeptics who scoffed at inventors. The Wright brothers were called fools by many of the top experts in their day and proved them all wrong. Historically, society has often underestimated the rate at which technology has developed.

Over the years, as I've gained a better understanding of the development process that technology tends to follow, and while I've certainly tempered my expectations, I'm also more optimistic than ever. The one thing we can all be certain of is that technology will continue advancing and moving forward.

Technology is perhaps the ultimate manifestation of human ambition.

The fruition of our desire to transcend our biological limitations, re-shaping the world and bending it to our will. Technology will continue to fascinate, inspire and give us all hope for a better tomorrow.

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Trevor Sharp is a computer-support specialist, and has been helping people with computing issues for more than 25 years.

Trevor lives in Kelowna with his wife and five kids, and owns and operates a mobile computer business providing on-site tech support for home and business customers.

Trevor is here to help your home or business with any computing issue,

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