“One can now picture a future investigator in his laboratory. His hands are free, and he is not anchored. As he moves about and observes, he photographs and comments. Time is automatically recorded to tie the two records together. If he goes into the field, he may be connected by radio to his recorder. As he ponders over his notes in the evening, he again talks his comments into the record. His typed record, as well as his photographs, may both be in miniature, so that he projects them for examination.”
I found this paragraph really interesting because the author was predicting what the future will be like in 1945. That was approximately 70 years ago. They were thinking how to make human life better and more convenient. They had the idea then we actually did it. We invented smart phone, computer, camera, recorder etc. In contemporary century, smart phone are getting more and more useful. We are improving it. From heavy to light, thick to thin, keyboard to touch screen. The time is flying and the technology is changing. It starts replace camera and recorder.
In the article “9 views on how technology can transform research and open up science” (http://www.elsevier.com/connect/9-views-on-how-technology-can-transform-research-and-open-up-science) It shows how the technology helping science. The article gives example of crowdsourcing, gaming and crowdfunding, Now people can have their own idea about science and share it with others by using technology.
So now, what author predicted in his article come true. A scientist or anyone, now can use their phone to take pictures, to record lecture, to write note, to take video and so on so forth. This fact also give me an idea about, if the former can predict what we are having now, why can’t we predict what we will have in future? Maybe there will be robots in everyone’s house, maybe there will be an automatic parking lot, maybe there will be flying cars, etc. Anything we can think of, we all can try to make it come true. There is no limitation of technology, so does human’s wisdom.