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FOLDING SCREENS

Saw a YouTube clip the other day about some new cell phones that will be available soon.

One of them had a see-through screen. You could hold the phone up and look right through it at a person standing on the other side.

Another phone had no keys to type on. The keys showed up as lighted letters and numbers on your arm.

Another phone could be charged through power beams floating in the air.

Another phone could be folded in half.

The screen would actually fold in half. No shit.

And these new phones are supposed to be available within the year.

That’s one year.

Imagine 10 years from now. Or 20 years from now.

If you are in your 20s now, you will probably live another 60 years or so. Imagine what technology will look like 60 years from now if in the next 12 months they can make a cell phone that folds in half?

I remember when there were no cell phones. And no Internet. And no Facebook or Twitter. And no self-driving cars. And no NASA probes on Mars. And no cloning of sheep.

It wasn’t that long ago.

My son is very technology savvy. He’s on top of all the latest developments. He tells me about things coming down the pipeline that, before now, I could only imagine in an Isaac Asimov or Philip K. Dick novel.

“Dad, you have no idea what’s coming, and coming soon,” he says.

Makes me nervous to hear about those things.

Because I’m not sure if they—in the long run—bode well or bode ill for us humans.

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