Tech Thursday: In the Year 2011

by , posted on April 7th, 2011 in Technology

Today I was captivated by a series of posts on the facebook wall of artist, writer and app legend Oliver Jeffers. Here’s what happened, near as I can tell… Today, Oliver Jeffers ran across this book which was written in 1972:



Then over the course of a couple hours, Jeffers posted (and tweeted) short little statements out of the book. Here are a few:

1970s view of 2011: “you never need to go to the supermarket, just dial the vision phone… and a truck arrives with your order”

1970s view of 2011: “your home is your classroom, your teacher is in his or her home, there are screens connected to the vision phone”

And I found this fascinating because, it’s pretty much true, isn’t it! I mean, I can just hop on a website and order my groceries directly online. (Incidentally, I found that service quite useful when I had my daughter.) And as far as the vision phone goes, we have: skype, ichat and facetime.

So for today’s Tech Thursday piece, I thought it might be fun to come up with what technology might be like in 2050, which, is the same number of years from when the Geoffrey Hoyle book was published til now. Feel free to use the definition of technology that includes: the usage and knowledge of tools, techniques, crafts, systems or methods of organization in order to solve a problem or serve some purpose. Thanks Wikipedia! So this means you’re not just limited to computery stuff.

I know, I know. It’s quite techy of me to use the word computery, right? I have a gift for tech talk, what can I say?

If you need any inspiration for vision forecasting, I went ahead and took the liberty of pulling a few movies to show you how it’s done. Flickering film and old timey voice not required:



And if you’re still stumped, ask the kids. I have no doubt they’ll be a well of ideas.


Technology Thursday is a joint project of Classic Play! and (cool) progeny. Each week, both blogs will be taking on a family-technology-related issue. We invite you to join the conversation!

Previous discussions in this series:
iPads in schools
Rules for Facebooking
How much is too much?
and more… just search Tech Thursday on either blog


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4 Responses to “Tech Thursday: In the Year 2011”

  1. Cindy H Says:

    April 7th, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Who needs a phone in 2050? A chip in your brain allows you to access anything you want anytime you need it…

    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    Holy cow! I watch Colbert the other night and he had on Ray Kurzwell. I totally thought of your comment as I watched.

    Cindy H Reply:

    It was a Diane Rehm show that promtped me to respond the way I did:

  2. Tech Thursday: Smartphone Smarts Says:

    April 14th, 2011 at 2:46 pm

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