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Friday, May 27, 2005

The Future

Petezilla Says: Today's weirdos are tomorrow's leaders, and then they are weirdos again the day after that.

Technology is expanding extremely fast these days, in a logarithmic fashion: faster and faster. Think about it, its not that hard, you know you already need a new computer. Ipods were all the rage for a few weeks, now you'll get made fun of for having one in school. Wireless technology is exploding, USB wireless is coming, wireless internet is so plentiful that if you drive through a suburban development with a laptop or ppc looking for connections you will find 10+ unprotected connections. You can even even park your Powerbook at Staryups and they have wireless hubs in there. You get the picture, the future is happening right now, and there's so much that could possibly happen in the coming future that I believe if you just simply imagine something reasonable, it will be around soon enough. So, here are my predictions for the future, and we'll see if I'm right:

- iThis and iThat. They're not stopping with it. Pretty soon they'll have iPhone: cell phone, web browser, text device, media player extrordinare, and eventually iThing, which will have control over everything that was once controlled by something else.

-Microsoft will release the XPack: this is the mother of all multimedia flash-bang contraptions. This thing will be like a backpack (made of hiply styled teflon and kevlar that you could rollerblade with, dude) that has a helmet or mask connected it to it that encapsulates your head and displays information to you at maximum rate and volume, perhaps receives commands from your frantically blinking eyelids to pass as controls and to cue up more and more media. We're talking about playing 6 or 7 video games at once, having a good 40+ web pages open, playing 100 or more UMF's* at once, up to 50 of which can be video. This XPack will be the ultimate entertainment medium, occupying every last ounce of brain power.

- *UMF: Universal Media File (*.umf), the media type of the near future. When the RIAA finally realizes they will never stop all the "open source" people out there, they will get together with the reigning computer companies to establish this media format. Codecs provided only by Microsoft, of course (or will it be Mac? or MacroSoft? Maplesoft?)

- In time, the air will be filled with so much energy (radio waves, wireless internet signal, cell phone signal, other remote wireless devices) that we will have to remain encapsulated in a solid gold case for our whole lives, and we will experience our version of "reality" through that suit, or we will just remain locked up in our houses which have been adapted to keep you from melting in the waves while providing adequate technological means of simulating reality.

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