It is crazy to believe that 17 years ago, it was the year 2000, it is crazy to think that 20 years ago it was March 7, 1996, only 7 months from October. I just learned that there are fiber optic cables in our ocean floors connecting countries, making it possible to browse each others domains, and making it possible for me to write this on a screen by typing, and being able to push a publish button sharing it with millions of people. Of course it isn’t likely millions, not even thousands of people might see this considering I’m not a very popular dude. I’m just a regular guy in a college community class trying to figure out what I want to do with my life, what could possibly be my purpose. It is incredible to imagine what it must’ve been like to be in the birth days of the internet, to imagine what it would be like to read the news online every day instead of receiving a newspaper, to imagine being able to buy something on the Internet and have it be delivered to you. People would’ve looked at you like you’re crazy. Now those people who would have big imaginations can laugh at the ones who didn’t like to dream big enough. If it’s possible for me to write this on a screen and share with many others who I’ve never even met, I believe we’ve already been in the future for the past 20-something years.
The future is now. Really makes you wonder, what insanely, out of this world ideas can humanity dish out in the next 5-10 years.
We are all now connected by the Internet, like neurons in a giant brain.
– Stephen Hawking