Years ago, if someone had told you that you would soon be able to hold all of the following devices in the palm of your hand, would you have believed it? A telephone. A camera. A photo album. A library of photo albums. An entire volume of encyclopedias. A typewriter. A book. Your library of books. Your calendar. An artificially intelligent assistant who listens to your questions and offers answers. She may not have a conscious awareness of herself, and some of her answers may be funny and weird, but she is learning and adjusting.
Remember, we’re still in the palm of your hand. An alarm clock. A map. All maps, of anywhere on the planet, and even some places beyond. A video camera. Several of your home movies. Your local newspaper and everyone else’s, too. A television. Your address book. A notepad, with pens and highlighters in every color. Your mailbox. Your recipes. Your bank account. A door to the grocery store, the clothing store, almost any store. The Yellow Pages—again, your own local version and everyone else’s. A game. Your own library of games.
Access to all of your friends’ and families’ thoughts and ideas, should they choose to share them, no matter how far away they are. A translator to translate from any language into any other. Access to a world-class education beyond the wildest dreams of those wonderful pioneers who educated you. A compass. A people-tracker that lets you know how close others are to you. Medical diagnoses of a staggering variety. The list goes on and on, and will continue to grow.
Now think of something “impossible” today. It’s likely to soon be possible. The only limit is your imagination, which may very well have no limit at all.
The above was inspired by the book “Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think” by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler.
You can read my review of this book here.