We live in the future
I often say (or at least think to myself) that we live in the future. Especially when I’m traveling. It’s constantly amazing to me that I can get anywhere in the world in less than a day. I can make a routine trip out to California for a conference, when 150 years ago that would be the journey of a lifetime, and would involve diseases and caulking wagons to cross rivers and probably hunting excessive amounts of buffalo (ok, so I played a lot of Oregon Trail as a kid). That’s why I love this video clip of comedian Louis CK ranting about how people take for granted all the amazing technology all around them:
I came across this clip in a recent post on Cocktail Party Physics about Obama’s speech on Science, the role it plays in our lives and the extensive history of scientific discoveries that go into making something like the iPhone possible. Well worth a read.