Prolly Not

Whenever there’s an article about scientific advances and how they will change everyday life, and the headline is along the lines of “Is This What the Future Holds?” or “A Glimpse of Life in the Future?” or the like, the answer is almost invariably1 “No.”

We are stunningly bad at working out how society will react to things.  In 1980, who could have pictured calling someone and having a reasonable question be “Where are you?”

1: I am not willing to say it’s always “No”, as people get things right sometimes out of sheer chance.

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