We can only know where we are going if we know where we have been - or so the saying goes. In the digital age, the pace of life changes so rapidly that we barely have time to adjust to it. For centuries, life was much the same with little difference - especially before the electrical age. Now, we live in a world where we went from the first aircraft flight to a man on the moon in 40 years. And it's all because of technology.
The changes will keep on coming, too. When Apple first launched the iPhone in 2007, it was revolutionary. But now, less than a decade later, the specs for the original phone look rather basic; perhaps even entry-level by today's standards. At this rate of change, what might your life be like one day?
(If this was a 90s TV show, this is the point that the screen would wobble and honky-tonk, dreamy music would play...)
Getting Up In The Morning
Now: You check your phone, the alarm on which is what roused you. You make breakfast perhaps from a waffle iron, with your coffee from a pot you programmed the night before. You apply your makeup as quickly as possible. You rush out of the door (doubling back to lock the door) after a ten-minute dash around for your car keys.
Future: You wake thanks to a sunrise alarm clock, so there's nothing startling about how you begin your day. Breakfast is already ready in the fridge, courtesy of a food delivery service. There's no need to apply your makeup and do your hair - with a driverless car; you can do that on the commute. As for locking the doors, well, you've got a smartphone app for that.
Now: While internet dating and apps are recognized as legitimate, they are still not the primary way of meeting someone. Maybe it's through work, going to a bar or just a friendship becoming more (https://mic.com/articles/112062/the-way-most-people-meet-their-significant-others-is-not-what-you-think#.lgufoxKd5) - but it's mainly in person.
Future: You are matched with potential suitors based on carefully constructed profiles. Maybe you can even see what others think of them before you have exchanged a message. You can background check every far-fetched story they might tell. The number of marriages as a result of apps or dating sites is growing - perhaps exponentially
Chores and Housework
Now: You do it when you can for as much as you can tolerate. Some things are automated - the dishwasher, the washer/dryer - but the rest you have to do yourself.
Future: You don't have to remember to buy items; press a button and more will be on their way. You can check food expiry dates, set recordings and run your life from your http://www.icloudlogin.com. You still have to do some manual labor, but electronic gadgets now remind you when it needs doing.
Seem a little bit far fetched? Not at all; many of the ideas above are already in production while others are at the concept stage. Technology is still changing - so are you ready to keep up?
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