I remember the summer of 2000, my Youth Pastor asking the group what they thought the 21st Century would look like. Things like “flying cars” and “robot maids” were thrown around. Really it was just a lead-in to telling us the summer camp theme was going to be sci-fi themed (but not too sci-fi themed, so the really cool kids wouldn’t be turned off, or something). The point was, 2000 AD looked an awful lot like 1999 AD, and that was a tad disappointing. In fact, I’m still disappointed. Here are some things I’m still waiting to see come rolling down the treadmill:
10. A “fold” button – I literally thought this afternoon, “I need to set the dryer to “fold” before I leave so it will be done before I get home.” Maybe I only thought half that sentence before I realized my error.
9. The death of the fax machine – Seriously, whatever law has to be passed to permanently make every industry able to scan and email rather than require faxing, needs to happen.
8. Dismantling the TSA – This really doesn’t have anything to do with the future, but I think it’s worth tossing into any discussion about improving the world.
7. Machine-wash EVERYTHING – The fact that anything in the 21st Century still needs to be handwashed or dry-cleaned only, I find to be a total failure of modern technology.
6. Teleportation – No more bad drivers. Potentially still traffic jams, but no more bad drivers! And no more driving! I really don’t enjoy driving. I suppose you could still take road trips recreationally, like the way people still insist on sleeping in tents when we have perfectly good lake houses and resorts.
5. Robbie the Robot – Because, why not actually have a robot maid?
4. Home grocery delivery – Every time I watch an old movie where there’s a knock on the side door and some delivery boy is standing there with a box of produce, I’m envious. Maybe in some areas this kind of thing is still available, but no where I’ve lived.
3. Wifi everywhere – Every place of business should have available wifi. As much as everyone likes to tag when they arrive somewhere or eat something or buy something, you’d think more businesses would see this as cheap advertising, to make the posting process faster and easier for their customers.
2. A magic pill – Apply as needed
1. Personal Closet Shopper – Every time I go to Epcot, the Future promises me an automated closet that fills itself and selects outfits on every morning based on my color and style preferences in accordance with the weather. I can’t imagine a price too high for such a device.
What are you still waiting on The Future to make good on?