Friday, January 03, 2020

Welcome to a New Decade

Like many of you, I am shocked to see that it is 2020 already.  It seems like just last year it was the year 2000.  

A lot has happened in the past decade.  Smartphones have become ubiquitous, tablets and mobile computing are rapidly overtaking the world of computing. In the past decade, we have settled into the condo and starting making it the nest we always wanted, J has retired. YouTube and streaming on demand video have become the norm. Newspapers have gone largely electronic. I have have gained 40 pounds, been through my first major health challenge, grown a beard, lost a little hair and noticed a bit of grey.  

What will the next decade bring? 
I will pass through my 60's and enter my 70's.  My hair will thin a bit more, and a lot more grey will appear.  I am working on trying to drop a bit of weight, I am on a trend of becoming more active, a trend I hope will continue.  In the next decade, I expect I will leave full time employment.  I will visit the two remaining US states, and a couple of countries in Europe that I have always wanted to visit.  

I predict that desktop computers as we know them, will become a thing of the past, as strange as a typewriter in today's office.  (I love my 27 inch desktop computer at home, but there is a 62 inch display in the same room, why two?) A monitor and keyboard with a WiFi connection to a box in another room, that is really all we need.  Our phones will become more powerful. Landline phones are rapidly going the way of the buggy whip.  Electric cars, and renewable energy will continue to grow. Solar and wind power are the future.  

If only we had 20/20 vision for the decade that begins 2020.  

What do you expect to have happen in the next decade?  

13 comments:

  1. One couldn't hazard many guesses but I bet there won't be world peace. I find composing for my blog on anything else than a desktop too difficult and too slow, especially as I can type much faster on a normal keyboard than a tablet or phone, but even just dealing with photos is so much easier.

    I heard today that Trumpet is anti wind power, perhaps because one was built near his Scottish golf course, but ironically many of those states where his vote was high generate most of their electricity by wind power.

    Ok, thought of a few things. Driverless cars won't happen, but cars will become so autonomous that cars will do most of the driving, but ultimately it will always be up to the human to intervene and the human will remain responsible. As we know, computers can go wrong.

    Renewable energy will continue to grow very strongly, but what will explode is battery storage in both homes and cars, which will generally become electric.

    I don't believe a large tv in a living room will become redundant but our extremely expensive to install fibre optic cables to homes may well, overtaken by 5G or whatever. I know it is silly, but I wonder how many radio waves and other signals can fly about the air. Ok, on a roll, so I'd better stop.

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    1. Our condo buildings are just installing fiber optic cable, as they were doing it I was thinking, that is so last decade.

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  2. I’m stumped... and, yes, very fearful.

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    1. Fear not, who ever thought we would be writing this in 2020?

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  3. I too will pass into my 70s, I am already gray, I WILL SURVIVE!

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  4. I have no idea...as long as I don't get pregnant. A robot like Rosie from the Jettsons might be welcomed.

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    1. Then what would the houseboys do?

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    2. I have a few ideas...….

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  5. I hope only for the best in the next 10 years.

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  6. They can take my landline when they pry it out of my cold dead hands! Technology isn't worth a thing if the human condition (whatever that means) keeps deteriorating. I'm not being a Doomsday Deedles, but Siri got offended when my friend called "her" stupid. NO THANK YOU! I'm not worried about crossing into my seventies. It's my kids turning fifty that bothers me not to mention the grandkids going into their twenties (if they survive their teens).

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    1. I called Alexa Siri one day, then I tried Hal, Alexa has some sense of humor

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  7. My soul shudders at the thought

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