Where is the Future?, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty


Another is the future a disappointment once you realize you’re in it?

I keep wondering where my flying car is, and where my *)*)*()&*7987^ robot must have gotten too.

Some of you may remember the 21st Century, with Walter Cronkite.

I recall that it suggested robots that aren’t here, bases on the moon that are almost certain not to be built in my lifetime, and supersonic commercial travel, that with the concord out of service is available, and abundant leisure, that unless you’re unemployed nobody has.

On the other hand it predicted medical treatment that would become more and more advanced, but that we might not be able to afford, that seems spot on.  It also predicted person communications, wide use of computers and newspapers delivered electronically.  Those are all spot.

This article I thought had an interesting take on the internet.

From Arnold Kling:

I am reminded of a quote from William Gibson: “The future is here, it is just unevenly distributed.” I think that the economy has not yet adapted to the Internet, just as in 1930 it had not yet adapted to the automobile. I think that ultimately the Internet will yield high productivity, but for now it is creating a mix of winners and losers…

I am reminded of a quote from William Gibson: “The future is here, it is just unevenly distributed.” I think that the economy has not yet adapted to the Internet, just as in 1930 it had not yet adapted to the automobile.

I think that ultimately the Internet will yield high productivity, but for now it is creating a mix of winners and losers.

via Where is the Future?, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty.

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