In 1946, only 8,000 homes, all of which were in the USA, had television.
As a child growing up in El Salvador, I remember anticipating the afternoon Disney cartoons. My younger brother, Erwin, and I would sit behind TV trays, eating corn tamales “con crema”, faithfully waiting for the “snow” to stop and the black and white cartoons featuring Mickey and Donald to come on.
Things change. Today, we carry our computers, televisions, and telephones with us. I can watch my favorite shows on the road by storing them on my ipod. We can call each other as we travel in our cars. Blackberry. The one word says it all.
Tomorrow will push things even further. These portable technologies will become embedded in our bodies. One major problem today –for me anyway– is that I lose my car keys. Sometimes I lose the entire car, but that’s another story. That problem will be solved by voice recognition, or finger print access, or telepathetic access to a wireless device in our brains that will open the door to our cars via “blue tooth”.
Credit card, driver’s license, passport, email…you name it. It will be embedded in us. That’s a long way from 1946. One thing, however, continues to be the same and, I project, will not be altered by future technology.
Corn tamales “con crema” will still be really good.
See you in the Mystic,
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