Susan Sontag once said that the truth in literature is that, the opposite of which is also true. The statement also applies to what tech writers write, although it doesn’t quite qualify as “literature”. Anything written by a writer of technology is true so long as we concede that the opposite is also true.
This is because technology, for the most part, is forward looking. The thought of stagnation cripples it. No matter what fancy gadgets we have and how many wondrous things they do, we shall want more and look forward to what future technologies may be. And, the future is unwritten.
The reason for our high expectations from technology is obvious. It has failed to disappoint us thus far. If anything, it has only fulfilled our hopes and aspirations from the past quite exceedingly.
Technology has evolved at such an unprecedented rate that we now hope it will take us to the very end of all that there can be before we shall cease to be. Will the end be apocalyptic or utopian? That is a billion-dollar question!
The experts are divided as you may expect them to be in matters of significance. The answer to the question is non-existent as the fate of our destinies seem dependent on an unborn kind of artificial intelligence.
As a writer of technology, I am quite wary of this precarious situation. I always had a premonition that life would turn out to be stranger than fiction. Every day in office, I tell stories that seem distant. It seems unlikely to me, though, that they are merely science fiction.
The truth is speculative for us — secretaries of technology. It is everything that can be in time and space if we want it to be. So, we look forward endlessly with flirtatious convictions. Hoping our stories won’t just turn out to be fairy tales in the distance.