I’ve been thinking plenty about the Future lately. Not about my personal future, not any more than normally, but the Future Of People and Where We’ll Go, and mostly about how I hope it will be pretty cool with spaceships around, and to that we can pull together long enough to make that work. This is partly because I went to the Air and Space Museum this weekend, and that conjures all sorts of cultural memories of what the Future should look like. This is also because 2010 is the first year we’ve gotten too that’s a good, round, space-age sounding year. Also I saw Avatar today, and if that doesn’t make you want some cool space gadgets, and then remember to worry about how humans make moral choices, nothing will. Not that it’s a morally nuanced movie or anything, but in portraying people as either so flatly evil or so inherently good it reminds you we’re not.
Anyway, we’re getting there, to the Future with the Gadgets, day by day. Since I’m probably a bit to early to catch the first wave of immigration too the outer planets myself, I’ll have to be content just reading the neat stuff we come up with on the way. Dig this: self-assembling solar cells! That could be cool. Meat grown in petri dishes! Barbecue without guilt. Though Barbecue is so delicious that it’s really hard to feel guilty eating it anyway. And check out this article on using thorium instead of uranium for safer, cleaner, and cheaper nuclear energy.
In conclusion, I am looking forward to the Future, especially if we get those neat wraparound screens like they have in Avatar. And if we remember to behave politely once we get into space.