Happy New Year's! HAPPY NEW YEAR'S! The ball has dropped, the clock in your local bell tower has probably stopped ringing (at least, if you aren't too far west), and if you're getting a midnight kiss it had better take longer than a database refresh. In Europe, they've been enjoying the brighter breezes and fresher smells of the third millennium for hours! Now's your chance to ponder, predict and pontificate, or just leave a message for all posterity, at least until a big EMP pulse returns us to the days of carbon paper, cave-dwelling, etc. What will life be like ten years from now? 100? The next time people argue about which day is the true millennium turn? Will Larry Ellison release a new thin client in 2059? Who's right about the staying power of Microsoft: ESR?
Or Bill Gates
? Will my grandkids get a stern warning from the security guard for fooling around on the Space Elevator
? What will everyday life be like? Be idealistic. Be cynical. Extrapolate from Scientific American
, or Spaceballs
as you see fit. (And those still waiting for local midnight, feel free to post from your side of the space-time continuum, too.)