What will technology look like in 20 years? 30? 100? Throughout history future technologies have all had one common theme: no one knows what it will be. It’s not for lack of trying. Go back 150 years. At the time of the American Civil War the idea of an automobile was a steam-powered locomotive minus the rails. Flight? Hot air balloons. Yet forty years later Henry Ford was designing the Model T and propellers were carrying men to the skies. Could the Wright brothers have envisioned space travel? Certainly they thought it possible, but had no earthly clue how to accomplish it. Fifty-four years after their history-making flight, the first species native to earth was launched into orbit on Sputnik 2. Yet not all future-tech is unfathomable. In many cases tech advances have fallen short of expectations. In the mid-1950s, people believed humanity would live on the moon, atomic power would turn the world into utopia and we’d all be scoot around in flying cars like the Jetsons; all by 1980. Yet the notion of the internet, much less wireless internet, was inconceivable.
I’m in the final stages of writing my first science fiction thriller, Casimir Bridge, which takes place around the turn of the next century. As a techie and ex-NASA Space Shuttle engineer I felt obligated to envision realistic technology and incorporate it into the story . I chose to have the story take place in the relatively near future so I could have at least a plausible chance of getting technology close to correct. Something that has bothered me about many far-future science fiction novels is that much of the fundamental technology is based on how we do things today. If fifty years ago man couldn’t envision something as ubiquitous as the internet, how could one possibly envision how things might look in two or three hundred years? I felt I would be doing a disservice to the reader if I set the story too far in the future.
This site’s name is a reference to technology (the ‘tek’ part) and what it might look like in the twenty-second century (the ’22’ part). It’s an attempt to both envision future technology based on where we are going today, as well as look at current technology, space, science and anything else that strikes my fancy. Enjoy and feel free to comment, positive, negative, it doesn’t matter. I welcome the discussion.
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