By: Clarissa Moreno
It's a cold rainy day; you're standing on the sidewalk, waiting for your friends to come pick you up for a baseball game. You get there,walk around, and as you continue on you realize your friends are no longer by your side. What do you do? You can't call anyone, because there's no such thing as a cell phone. So, you decide it's time to take a cab home. As you ride silently in the back of a cab, you wonder, “Where are they?”
20 years ago, there were only land lines. But over these last 20 years we have exceedingly increased our technology. So much so, we now have cell phones that you can basically connect from anywhere, as long as you’re near a cellphone tower. With the way technology is going, we will rapidly grow into connecting holographically.
"20 years ago, there was only landlines, you know the phones with cord attached and only one person can use the line at a time," Blaine Jones, science teacher, explained. Nowadays, almost everyone has “Google in your pocket,” as Mr. Jones would describe it. However, have you stopped to think about how it would be 20 years from now? No one can really know, but some have their predictions. For example, some people believe that the future phone will be bendable and be considered to have “the magic touch.” The funny thing is that we’re already on our way to making bendable phones, so if that comes within the next 5 years, what will be our next milestone?
Computers started out as what we would now consider to be “a dinosaur.” It was a giant and heavy box that was just the monitor, connected to another equally as heavy box like life support; but now we have laptops, which is a step up from a monitor. We also have a tablet , which basically takes the place of a computer. We have bending laptops next and the soon we will have laptops that don't need a physical screen.
TVs are very common, like phones and laptops, and have advanced as well. 20 years ago you had to change the channel by a dial, then later on buttons, but now we can use a remote so we don’t even have to get up. Like all other older technology, TVs were small, boxy, and heavy. Now we have flat screen TVs that can span an entire wall. But the same question still applies; what about 20 years from now? To media & entertainment technology websites we have already reached our potential to make the actual device better. But they do believe that in 20 years from now we will be watching TV on our own schedules.
Now imagine, it's cold outside and looks like rain is coming. You look at your phone and click on your weather app, it tells you that there’s a 60 % chance of rain. Your friends finally pull up and you get in the car. You drive laughing and talking in excitement, ready for a baseball game. You're going to get something to eat as your friends find seats. You hear over the loudspeaker, ”the game is canceled due to rain.” No problem; you pull out your phone, and discuss where to meet your friends.
All in all, there's no way to really know what the future holds but you can make predictions on what will be there. “20 years ago was the 90s, but i like right now because I've been to the past and am going to the future” Mr. Jones.
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