It's a fairly new book talking about likely technological developments and how they will change society. Here is an hour long lecture about it by the author. I thought it was really interesting even though David Friedman is not the best speaker in the world.
Whether or not you have the patience to watch that I'm interested in what life changing technology you all are either looking forward to or dreading.
i'm 38, but my parents can remember life before television, even......... so most of the technology we have now is stuff we always heard about having in the future, except we don't have flying cars or a cure for old age. yet. but we do have cloning. and the few things we don't have, we are in a hurry to mass produce, as they exist already in theory.
i used to read a lot of sci-fi. i find it kind of interesting that concepts like the internet as a whole, video chat, iPhones and even satellites were 'invented' by asomiv, bradbury, heinlin, and even sagan. ray bradbury pretty much described a 'chat room'--literally, the walls were screens--in Fahrenheit 451
. it's been awhile since i read it but i believe he compared it more to television; everyone being a star in their own show, but interacting with other viewers, who were also watching and commenting, etc.
i dread the retinal scanners and information-stealing sorts of control devices, evil robots, and clone armies; and i really, really am looking forward to having a flying car.