The future’s so bright I have to wear shades
I find it interesting that every generation since way-back-when may have thought, “We’ve done it all. We’ve reached the pinnacle of intelligence. This is it – we’re here!” – or words to that effect.
Maybe this happened when women discovered fire, or the wheel. Maybe this happened when the first automobile hit the road. Maybe this happened when the first plane took to the air or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon.
Maybe we’re thinking this now…
I also find it interesting that the things we now know to be true will probably not be true in fifty years. We can use the ‘science book example’ for this.
If I read a science book that was written fifty years ago, I’d probably find several (or more) major misconceptions – but this is what we knew to be true fifty years ago. Go back another fifty and another fifty and pretty soon nothing you read about science will match what we know today.
When I was at school I didn’t learn about computers or the World Wide Web because it was so new and would never last. If I had said I thought a sheep could be cloned and named Dolly, or that the Hubble Telescope would show us the beginnings of the universe, or there may have been something called a Big Bang that got us all here, or a weather system in the Pacific could have an effect on the entire planet – I’m pretty sure I would have been labelled as a crackpot (or a science fiction writer).
My grandfather was born in 1888. There wasn’t even telegraph then; no one had taken to the skies; no cars, television or radio.
And back we go…
I’m excited at the prospect of what the future may bring. If I could get my hands on that science book from 2062 I wonder what I would find – or if I’d even be able to understand it?
Do you find this concept interesting? Is the future of science just heading into a new form of art? Have I bored you to death?