We’re so close yet so far…that’s my feeling as I grow ever impatient with the pace of technological progress.
We have cloud computing, but still everyone has their own private computing setups everywhere.
We have mobile computing, but still can’t get get reliable service in the Metro and all the other “dead zones.”
We have social computing, but still people are so cliquey and nasty and troll and bully each other online and off.
We have the Internet of Things, but still things don’t really talk to each other regularly (except our smart meters).
We have robots, but still they’re relegated to factory assembly lines.
We have natural language processing, but still can’t get a meaningful conversation going with Siri.
We have 3-D printing, but still can’t get dinner or a pair of Nikes to appear from the Star Trek like “Replicator.”
We have augmented and virtual reality headsets, but still can’t go anywhere with them without getting motion sickness.
We have biometrics, but still have to sign the check.
We have driverless cars, but still there is a driver inside.
We have networks of information, but still it’s subject to hacking, malware, identity and data theft, and even big time EMP knockouts.
We have immunotherapy, but still haven’t beaten cancer.
We have nanotechnology, but still we travel through life loaded down with material possessions.
We have food and biotechnology, but still one in eight people are going hungry.
We have space shuttles and stations, but still can’t get a colony going on Mars.
We have big data, but still information is corrupted by personal biases and politics.
We have knowledge management, but still more than 780 million adults are illiterate.
We have artificial intelligence, but still it’s devoid of emotional intelligence.
We have bigger, deadlier, and more sophisticated weapons systems and smart bombs to “protect us”, but still are no closer to living in peace and brotherhood.
All this technology and advancement is great, except that we’re left hungrier than ever for the realization of the promised technology land, and are really only halfway there, maybe. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)