I've been involved in technology all my life. I also think the lead tines for technology is under reported. PC and microprocessor technology is a child of the seventies, what we ate seeing is close to 50 years of iterative development.
One can look at the development of the railway steam engine
over 50 years and you will also see similar albeit more gradual " refinements "
The great thing about future gazing , is that most of what we predict is wrong , have a look at the TV series , The Miighty Micro , made in the late seventies , made by a then well know UK technologist. Most of the technology was reasonably forseen , but the social change was not , and many things that relied on social change didn't happen
Look at the " cashless " society. , etc etc. driverless cars are decades away , not because of technology, more to do with social and laws etc.
I write this on a mini ipad
, most of the " components " in basic form have been around for 20 years. What I hold is merely an iterative engineering improvement on technologies already mainstream
Even if joe public is overwhelmed it matters not. Upon the introduction
of the stream railway , many proclaimed that technology had reached a zenith , or years later the famous " every thing that needs to invented, already had" . This matter not, since joe public is never used as a yardstick.
Physics remains physics, my broadband
comes to me over a pair of copper wire unchanged in 100 years !!
Electrically based transportation will only succeed when it surpasses fossil fuel
performance. Many issues including safety
( one is siting on mega watts ) , or how to build a high capacity recharging networks , since it's unlikely the power companies will dig up the planet to require ones home with megawatts
We have hydrocarbons coming out our ears , and we finding more ways to extract it every year. ( remember peak oil
!!!!) , I forsee it will have a long life yet
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