So my husband has been working from home because of the COVID 19 shelter in place measures. Since I already work from home, it hasn’t been a huge change for me, for the most part. But, I was struck by how much technology has changed our lives.
The other day, I was in the office/guest room on a video conference call at the exact same time hubs was in the living room participating in a meeting via Zoom. When I was a kid, the idea of carrying around a phone in my pocket or purse that I could make or receive a call on pretty much anytime, anywhere was absolutely futuristic. At the time, I was pretty awed that TV’s Agent Maxwell Smart had a shoe phone. In fact, I remember being uber excited when my family got a cord for our landline phone that was long enough for the receiver to reach inside my room (just barely) for a modicum of privacy.
Now my husband and I can, at the same time, sit in different rooms of our home, each with a screen in front of us, talking to people across town – or across the country. This kind of tech was Jetson’s territory when I was a child. Albeit, video meetings on a laptop aren’t always as smooth as I would have imagined, with the “can you hear me now” and the weird camera angles, and the rows of people looking around in boxes like the Brady Bunch intro. Still, it’s a huge leap from having to carry around a dime in case I needed to find a pay phone.
But I can’t help wondering what happened to all that “Jetson” technology I was just sure was going to be around by the time I was a grown up. Where’s the robot cooking dinner and cleaning my house? Where’s my flying car? Why do we still travel long distances crowded next to and strapped in with strangers instead of being “teleported” like on Star Trek?
It’s been in my lifetime that we saw astronauts walk on the moon. And I’m thankful I can watch pretty much any show I want to watch on TV in color and without having to fiddle with a rabbit ears antenna. But, I’m still dreaming about that next big leap into the future.
What about you, readers? What advance are you most anticipating, or what tech did you think, as a kid, we’d surely have by now? Share in the comments.