The future has finally arrived. Yes it is different than we all thought. But don’t worry, your future hasn’t been written yet. No one’s has. Your future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one. Doc Emmett Brown – 21.10.2015.
Wise words from a wise man, to mark the day Back to the Future fans the world over have all be waiting for – “Future Day” or 21 October 2015, the day Doc and Marty McFly travel forward to from 1985.
And while I’ve spent some time today commiserating the fact that I still don’t ride a hoverboard, my high top sneakers don’t have power laces, and neon and metallic happy pants still aren’t an acceptable form of work attire (I’m trying to have our firm’s official dress code updated in relation to that last one) today is also a good chance to reflect on what “the future” does actually look like and the things we still have to look forward to and aim for.
It may not be quite the future that Marty and Doc (and technically Marty’s girlfriend Jennifer) experienced, but this morning I did a quick survey around the office to find out what my colleagues like about our version of “the future”, and what they’re still looking forward to. Here are some of their answers:
Leila: I like the way that technology can bridge gaps created by geographical distance – like being able to use Skype to connect with my family in Brisbane, my co-workers in Canberra, and my clients all over the world. I’m looking forward to a future where we all drive cars powered by sustainably sourced electricity (or where we all ride hoverboards –there’s still hope that they’ll be a thing soon, right?).
Adam: I like that so much has changed in the last 10 years that imagining where we might be in 10 more years requires being really creative, and I like working at a place where we get excited about that rather than scared of it. AND I’m getting married in March so I’m looking forward to that, and starting a family – then I can join the club of proudly showing off cute baby photos.
Kasey: Still waiting for a self cleaning house
Paul: I like how all the information in the world is available at our fingertips which can easily be accessed from anywhere (and even from a device small enough to keep in your pocket). I am looking forward to a future where science and technology allows us to live better lives, where limbs and organs can be replaced without the need for other people to die and where nanotechnology and stem cells allow many illnesses and injuries to be eradicated or healed.
Denis: The Cubs winning the World Series
For me, I’m looking forward to a lot of things. Starting a family being one. But also observing how further advances in technology and science will assist us with our day to day lives in the workplace and also at home, but also how those advances may help assist those in need around the world…
And yes, I am also hanging out for flying cars, hover boards and power laced shoes!
What do you like about our version of the future, and what are you looking forward to?