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It's not just power sources vs communications. People always assume that the future will simply be like present only more so.

After two world wars, people assumed the future would be wars of tremendous destruction.

When aviation was growing fast, people assumed the future would be flying everything.

During the space race, people assumed the future would be space everything.

During the growth of nuclear power, people assumed the future would be atomic powered everything.

This fails to match reality, because the future doesn't arrive as if we are barreling down a highway at an ever increasing speed. Advances tend to be a left turn down a road you couldn't reach before. Rather than building ever faster jets, we went to space. Rather than going further into space, we built communication satellites etc...

Our current 'Internet' age will be no different. The 'next big thing' will not be Internet v2, but it will be something that could only exist with the internet as a prerequisite.




> People always assume that the future will simply be like present only more so.

Thanks for your thought. It reminded me a little bit about an interview with peter thiel where he responded to a question about the future. I guess popular culture in tech moves past ideas rather quickly and generally seems to jump from trend to trend until realizing the value of a trend.

https://youtu.be/ryFB6mvy4uE?t=26m38s




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