Phillipp Lenssen von Blogoscoped hat einmal - nichts ganz ernst - in die Zukunft geschaut und sich gefragt, mit welchen technischen Errungenschaften wir 2049 rechnen dürfen. Ich würde sagen, uns steht eine glänzende Zukunft bevor:
Trademarks of 2049
People in the future are more and more concerned about privacy. That’s why they don’t like to leave fingerprints, which (in many countries) will be routinely analyzed in every major city. So no matter where you went, the government has a chance to know. Unless, of course, you wear an InvisiGlove™. (…)
50 years ago, humanity took things a little slower than today. Indeed, our busy modern times leave us little chance to take a rest. The trend continues, and in around 50 years, most people don’t even have the time to do unproductive things like sleeping. Yet, they know only too well how important sleep is for body and mind. (…)
In about 20 years from now, the internet and the TV have been completely merged. That means full interactivity for that innocent little box which years ago invaded humanity’s living rooms. A side-effect not even big media companies did foresee was that most people were actually quite happy with the ease-of-use of sitting on a couch and clicking through channels of mindless TV shows… without any need to manage bookmarks, configure your TiVo, personalize the advertisement, or zapping away pop-ups. (…)
In the near future, robots did such a perfect job in keeping the house clean that it would look almost too sterile to some. As cleaning robots weren’t programmed to do anything else but, well, clean, tables would always have an unnatural shine, floors were slippery, and homes started to look more like a hospital than a cozy shelter to hang around with your family.
When NatuDirt™ came on the scene, it was a perfect match to having a cleaning robot. Small micro-organisms would spread in the house and create a constant level of dust, crumbs, and random grayish fluff. People’s minds were instantly transported back to their grandma’s house of 2010, and once again they started to feel more at home at home.
Coca Pepsi Cola™
After the Coca Cola and Pepsi Cola companies figured it was more lucrative to just stop fighting each other and put together their production lines, the resulting drink was Coca Pepsi Cola™. Sales dropped shortly thereafter as everyone switched to Dr. Pepper.
The basic technology to build time machines was created in 2040, to be perfected 9 years later by a Japanese company (a glitch in Einstein’s theory of relativitiy made it possible, it turned out). They called their first commercial release PastMachine™, as you could only travel into the past, and not the future. However, people in 2049 simply weren’t interested to go back in time, and the product bombed. The past was full of wars, poverty, hunger, lying politicians, and diseases you couldn’t cure – understandably, nobody wanted to see that again.
As so many different robots would invade the households of the future – cleaning robots, cooking robots, guard robots, and so on – the BotBot™ was invented to be “the one bot to rule them all”, as the manufacturer claimed. It did a good job at that, too, having both an understanding of the labile robot psyche (many robots even committed suicide because of bad working conditions, but they never complained, as complaining simply wasn’t part of their program) as well as acting as a repair men once robots needed some oil or spare parts.(…)