We can’t know the future – not the specific details but we constantly try to imagine the future. Here are some impressive videos from Microsoft that shows what the future might be like following the trends of current technology.
The first one appears to have been made in 2009.
The next one from 2011 seems very similar, as if they were actually produced at the same time. Or we have to assume that 2019 seen from Microsoft from two years apart looks very much like.
Do these predictions please you, or scare you? It certainly seems the Geeks have inherited the Earth. But if you think about it, it’s a rather tame mundane view of the future. Adults still go to work and children go to school – the difference is the physical objects around us get more intelligent. But do we?
We like to think that people are evolving too and in some ways we are. We’re moving toward a society where everyone is equal regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation. However, if you think about it, we’ll all be treated equally fair, at least under the law, but will we be different? Greed will still coexist with charity, violence will exist with peace, law and order will still fight the lawless, the rich will get richer and the poor poorer.
I think if you plotted the evolution of humans it would show one long slight incline. If you plotted the evolution of technology we’d see the classic hockey stick graph.
These two videos show a future for rich people, nothing is implied for the poor. Without technology and money, the poor of one era seem to live pretty much like the poor of another era. I’d also imagine if you are politically conservative now, or liberal, you will be the same in the future. And I’d say if you are a bookworm that loves music and movies, then you’ll probably be a bookworm that loves music and movies in the future. Most people will even be living in the same house they are living in now.
We can’t predict the details of the future, like who will win the presidential race in 2012, or what life will be like as the Earth gets warmer, or will we find a solution to the financial crisis and the economic divide between the 1% and the 99%. There are an infinity of factors that go into shaping the future that keeps us from calculating what the future will be.
Some of the tech predictions we see in these Microsoft videos might come close to happening, but I doubt the tech will be as slick and clean as how they predict them. It would be interesting to find some videos from 1999 and 2001 that Microsoft created predicting 2009 and 2011.