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Was I conned ?
As I have just turned fifty and I look at society today I'm thinking am I in another dimension, an alternate universe? And if so how did I get here and how come things have ended up the way they have around me?
Let me enlighten you: When I was growing up in the late 70s and early 80s I used watch to documentaries that said in the future technology would advance as this was the time when the micro chip had just come out and robots and computers would be doing most of the work thus forcing many people in jobs out of work. They would be compensated for this some how and the government of the future would encourage people to have more leisurely pursuits in the absence of traditional work.
Instead what do I see in my half a century of existence, the complete opposite, people born after 1960 now in the UK are being encouraged and sometimes forced to work until they are seventy years of age. Yes technology has advanced and impacted our lives but where are the people doing leisure (whatever your definition of leisure is) that great workforce put out of work by technology those documentaries in the 70s and 80s predicted the future would be like? Did they get it wrong or were they talking further in the future?
Also I used to watch a programme called 'Space 1999' where in that year (bear in mind this prog was also shown in the late 70s and early 80s) human kind would have a base on the moon, a permanent settlement? What happened to that prediction, were the people who worked for Gerry Anderson (Captain Scarlet, Thunderbirds) being over optimistic in their vision of the future ?
Again I come back to another subject where people from 1999 - until the present day would be wearing silvery space type clothes. Fashion for both men and women was supposed to change to reflect that in the fashion predictions of the era I am talking about?
What's happened in the fashion front for men and women, nothing really, we are still wearing the same old clothes we wore 10, 20, 30, 40, even 50 years ago.
So what is my conclusion? Yes we have come very far in technology and in many other fields but in some areas we have gone backwards. Does technology make life easier for people these days, yes and no is my short answer to that. Has the world become a better place since I was younger, well again yes and no, time moves on but when I look around at the world and the problems it faces brought on largely by us humans nothing has changed.