Science fiction didn’t see the mobile phone coming. It certainly didn’t see the glowing glass windows many of us carry now, where we make amazing things happen by pointing at it with our fingers like goddamn wizards.
That, by the way, is what Steve Jobs meant when he said that iPads were magical. The central metaphor is magic. And perhaps magic seems an odd thing to bring up here, but magic and fiction are deeply entangled, and you are all now present at a séance for the future. We are summoning it into the present. It’s here right now. It’s in the room with us. We live in the future.
This. Seriously. Go read the rest of it. It is a gift to the world from one of the most important writers of our time.
Forget the analysts and the naysayers. Forget even the apologists and fans. Take as many opportunities as you can to realize the amazing things that are happening all around us, the things we are capable of, in our lifetime, every single day.
I don’t do it enough, that’s for sure. But I try. And when I do, I’m the better for it.
Related: All the times I told you “We live in the future” before