the future is here, but it looks like the same

16 Nov

london 9.50am 11.6C cloudybright thursday 2017

i was at the chelsea library yesterday and wanted to borrow a sci fiction novel , but the machine wont let me, saying my library card will expire before the return date, and to go see the desk about it. so i did and the librarian extended the date to 2020. i could see her doing it on the computer screen and it struck me that i have arrived at the future. haha. actually i have seen this date before, when my freedom pass was renewed and the expiry date was 2021. but it did not register in my mind; but now it struck me i have arrived at the future.  

we sci fi fans have always thought of the 2020s as the future. and we are getting to that soon. but when i look around me i dont see any futuristic things , have you? where are the flying cars, or robots, and flying skateboards, or future clothing… everyone looks ordinary wearing clothes that are not much different from the 1920s, people still wear heavy overcoats. though the fashion is for michelin man duvet style jackets now. hardly futuristic, as michelin man has been around for ages. and footwear has become trainers now.

but isn’t it strange that there is nothing futuristic to look at. what is futuristic is the internet, but it is not visual. even the so called updated advertising board in piccadily circus looks like the old one…

it is kind of comforting for people like me, that the future looks very much the past. i dont have to make much adjustment in my life. but perhaps there are others , of the younger generation who lives in houses that are so wired up that they do live like in the future. they can talk to their homes, and call the house for all kinds of things just like how we imagine the future to be like. but i think unless they invent the all purpose robot, things will not look very futuristic. 

added. 11.42am 14.2C brightcloudy i was coming back by bus 2 and saw this cadbury milk tray chocolate box , along with 2 other smaller choc boxes in the metro newspaper box. their plastic seal is still intact. i wonder who left it there, obviously to let people pick it up along with the free paper. i thought this box is more desireable, as it contains a selection of their chocolates.

its unusual to get this happening… free chocolates on the bus. haha. and another surprise, i thought the box is rather deep and wondered if it has a double tray , and sure enough it has. two trays of assorted chocolates. isn’t it great! 

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afraid the top tray has two chocs missing, i ate them, before i thought of looking underneath that tray …

added. 17.11.17 i thought i shall find out how much it costs normally, and was looking all over the box trying to find how heavy it was, it was 360g,googling it i found it normally costs £3, but guess what , i saw the expiry date it was 13.3.17… so that is the reason why it is free. haha. but i am glad that person decided to let us have it, rather than throw it away in the bins. even though expired, it tastes good. 

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8 Responses to “the future is here, but it looks like the same”

  1. MELewis Thursday November 16, 2017 at 12:19 pm #

    Everyone walking around looking into their phones is kind of sci fi perhaps. Me talking to my GPS certainly is! 😀

    • alifesgayventure Thursday November 16, 2017 at 12:36 pm #

      hmm, talking to the mobile reminds me of those mad people who talk to themselves. haha. so no change there. hehe. i was walking around and wondering if i were from the past, what would i find amazing and to let me know i have dropped into the future… and i could not see anything. of course i might think everyone is wired up to each other and so it is futuristic that everyone is so linked up to be like one mind… like an ant colony… but we have not come to that …yet.

  2. Garfield Hug Thursday November 16, 2017 at 1:28 pm #

    2020 now does not seem far off! I am amazed at the things you can get for free. Funny thing is that in Asia, people will be afraid to pick it up for fear of “poison” or saving face LOL! Good you checked for seal to be intact. Must stay safe as maniacs out there we never know.

  3. alifesgayventure Thursday November 16, 2017 at 5:03 pm #

    i think as long as the seal is intact, it should be safe. i sometimes wonder why those chocolates are put there. is it some kind of candid camera to film human behaviour? i suppose if that is, i will be appearing on some tv program in future. haha.

  4. Carl D'Agostino Friday November 17, 2017 at 3:04 am #

    I’m 68 and still amazed at the “futuristic” things that have come about in my lifetime.

    • alifesgayventure Friday November 17, 2017 at 8:21 am #

      i know computers, internet, has changed the way we communicate , but visually, tell us, what do we see that makes us think we have arrived at the future.

      • Carl D'Agostino Friday November 17, 2017 at 6:22 pm #

        One thing is that bachelor Godsend – the microwave. Ordered all my Christmas gifts on line – no traffic, no lines, no searching, no unfound or unavailable items, no parking hassle and some shipped to receivers without my having to do the same, all may not seem futuristic to some but miraculous for me. But other things are frightening for me in that the future is too complicated and beyond my competence. Can’t work simplest smart phone, do not text and don’t have aps to do this that and the other to remain in contact and perform tasks with service entities. That future is here and I don’t fit. Wonderful is a thing called mychart which is medical email account with all doctors and facilities and staff to make appts, cancel appts, order med refills, get test results without having to go to the office and wait and pay fees to do these things.

  5. alifesgayventure Friday November 17, 2017 at 6:54 pm #

    i agree, the microwave is marvelous.though i only use it to heat up my food and drink . and i too am a dunce when it comes to the smartphone. but i am not afraid of the future just because i am no good at using a smartphone. haha. the chromebook can do all that. i use an ordinary nokia mobile phone to make calls and text from it.
    i think now i come to think of it, the invention of the internet is the big thing that heralds the future. and the smart phone is the offspring of it. and self driving cars too are enabled because of it. so perhaps the future will look more futuristic when we have self driving cars. no need for human drivers. so that means driverless trains and buses too. it might destroy jobs for us humans. looks like being care workers is all that humans can aspire to in future. even then we might invent robots to do it. looks like we better start inventing space travel so that we can send men to conquer the moon, mars. etc.

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