Tagged With year in review 2016

Back in April, I dropped $US230 ($313) on a gadget that had me feeling that gadget love again. You're familiar with the feeling too; the thrill you get walking into a Sharper Image store or thumbing through a Hammacher Schlemmer catalogue. It's that sense that you're seeing a small glimpse of the future neatly packaged and commoditized for the present.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

Back in April, I dropped $US230 ($313) on a gadget that had me feeling that gadget love again. You're familiar with the feeling too; the thrill you get walking into a Sharper Image store or thumbing through a Hammacher Schlemmer catalogue. It's that sense that you're seeing a small glimpse of the future neatly packaged and commoditized for the present.