The Day the Earth Stood Still

I recently saw a trailer for the remake of “The Day the Earth Stood Still”, a 1951 movie about an alien visit to earth.  This is not a post about movies though.

As I was checking it out, I watched the trailer for the 1951 movie, which I have never seen.  I thought to myself how old everything looked, and how it must have been so ahead of its time when it first came out.  It got me to thinking about a few things.

We always consider the latest and greatest technology to be this incredible advancement into the future.  But years later you can look back and almost laugh about how old it has become.  Today, technology is moving at the speed of light, and we have an endless array of gadgets to choose from on a daily basis.  What will people twenty years from now when they look back at the original iPhone?  Will it look like something from the middle ages compared to the technological advancements of the time?

What does the future hold in store and who will bring it to us?  Voice recognition technology is at the height of its growth and development.  What will that be used for in the future?  Will we be able to control everything just by speaking?  Will buttons ever be needed to control anything?

What about energy?  Can something like hydrogen provide us with all the power we need?  If so, who is going to make it cheap and easy to use on an individual basis?  Or will batteries become so powerful, and so small, that we won’t need other forms of electricity in our day to day lives?

All of these questions, and many more, bring to light how far we have come, and how far we can continue to go.  It is interesting to think about what will be next.  It takes certain people with great foresight to see how far we can take the technological inventions of today.  The innovators among us carry us forward.  I wonder what’s next.

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