(for the purposes of this thread, grousing about your flying car is verboten.)
I was talkin to one of the app developers yesterday. One of his obsessions is defunct equipment. He’s got a knack for bringing back iPods and the like. I picked up his phone and thought the memory card fell out. He said, no, that card is dead and was just sitting under the phone. It was a 4 Gb MicroSD card and it just up and stopped working.
See here for relative size http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memory_card
Pricewatch says a 4 Gb micro SD card is worth less than $10.
Do you have ANY conception of what that really means? That’s roughly 20 meters of shelved books. One lightly compressed DVD feature, 120+ Record Albums.
Disposeable. No moving parts. Don’t sneeze or you’ll lose it.
A Friend of a Friend has a tumor on his femur. Big, nasty, dangerous. They wish to remove it, then have him BACK ON HIS FEET in less than a week. (I forget the details, I think it was closer to 4 days than 7)
I have a (slightly flakey) Robot that (mostly) Vacuums my floors for me (with caveats). I say this because It made the thread the last time.
An Airbus A380, configured as all-economy, can carry 853 passengers. I’ve lived in towns with far fewer people in them.
My Cellphone can touch the farthest reaches of the planet, and do so in fractions of a second. It can do it via 3g, edge, or wifi. It’ll talk to my shoes, my headset, and/or my car. It can listen to 7 satellites at a time and calculate where I am on the earth to within 3 meters. It has a crappy compass. It holds 1000 times more storage than my very first hard disk, purchased in 1987. (32 Meg, RLL, $450 vs. $150 for my refurb 32 Gb iPhone 3GS)
Interstingly: people are starting to grouse about this phone because it doesn’t DO enough.
So, look around…where has the future happened, you had hadn’t noticed?