Monday, April 13, 2009

Not quite The Jetsons....

Tom and I were in his car driving to a friends house yesterday. We were listening to his fancy XM radio. (My car has a radio with a broken CD player. But that's beside the point. ) On the radio was CaceY Kasem and they were replaying the Top 40 countdown for April 2, 1983. Prince was on with Little Red Corvette. I still remember most of the words.



The real funny part of that was hearing Cacey Kasem discuss the newest technology "compact disc" that would read music with a laser. He reassured everyone not to throw out their LP's or cassettes yet as the compact disc player was costing over $1,000 dollars at that time and the CD's were each 17.00 each. Obviously something that expensive would never catch on. I wonder what he would have thought of the IPod back then. I don't think Lauren would immediately know what I was talking about if I said LP. (I don't know that she has ever seen a typewriter either, even though she has been proficient with a keyboard and computer since elementary school.)



I was a Freshman in High School when that originally aired. What did I think the world was going to look like 20 or 30 years later?? What will the world look like in another 20 to 30 years.



Right off the bat I don't think I could have ever envisioned the cell phone being so small and so readily available for "EVERYONE". I would have imagined that such a gadget would be for military type or people in very special occupations. Also, how amazing would Max Headroom have been on a big flatscreen huh?? We were still used to our parents big Console TV's.



I didn't think we'd have hover cars floating around, but I would have thought we would have made some kind of headway in mass transporting people more effectively. I really thought there would be alternative fuels being used more than what really is happening. Also, I would have thought we would have done more with our space program. I don't necessarily expect 'Star Wars', but I'm surprised the space program hasn't grown significantly.



Scientific breakthroughs in the medical field have exceeded expectations. Life spans have increased and I have to add that I was pretty tickled with the Lasiks I did a couple years ago. Of course I think we all agree the technology that created the Octomom should have been avoided.



Nobody can argue the brilliance of TiVo...I can rewind TV!!!!!! Anyone who remembers spending Friday or Saturday nights at the arcade surely appreciates the graphics of today's video games (if not necessarily the content).