I was having a conversation with my grandfather last Sunday, trying to explain to him what the on-demand economy means. Aside from Uber (which he's used), he wasn't aware of most of the things that I take for granted - Instacart, Shyp, Glamsquad, Waze, Amazon Prime Now.
We are layering on new kinds of magic that are slowly fading into the ordinary. A whole generation is growing up that thinks nothing of summoning cars or groceries, or buying something from Amazon and having it show up in a couple of hours, or talking to personal assistants on their devices and expecting to get results ( (If you haven’t seen the late night TV rant by Louis CK, everything is amazing and nobody’s happy, watch it now!).
But it only takes a conversation with someone 50 years older than us to realize how quickly this all happened. So... what technologies will we take for granted five years from now? Ten? What technologies do we take for granted now, and how did people think they were going to change the world when they were introduced?