But, but…here is the thing. In terms of the internet, nothing has happened yet. The internet is still at the beginning of its beginning. If we could climb into a time machine and journey 30 years into the future, and from that vantage look back to today, we’d realize that most of the greatest products running the lives of citizens in 2044 were not invented until after 2014. People in the future will look at their holodecks, and wearable virtual reality contact lenses, and downloadable avatars, and AI interfaces, and say, oh, you didn’t really have the internet (or whatever they’ll call it) back then.
Yesterday was a study in contrasts. I was cleaning up part of the garage in the morning and found a box full of CD cases containing classic video games: Quake, Baldur’s Gate II, Riven, and Alice. Later in the day, I also had the opportunity to play the open Destiny Beta for a few hours.
Anyone who believes that we’re not a part of a wide open frontier only need look at what was considered state of the art just a few years ago.