“In the future robots will have to do the work, because we’ll be consuming media.”

October 1st, 2011

From the WSJ:

A generation of science fiction visionaries has been proved wrong. They imagined the advance of information technology, computers and robots would enable man to go more places, make more things, and do more things in the physical world. The factories staffed with robots exist, but nobody cares about them. It turns out that what people want to do when liberated by technology is consume media, which we’d say is a subset of communicating with each other. A Star Trek episode once sneered at a civilization so advanced that its members were giant passive noggins that needed humans to give them thrills. Star Trek may have accidentally hit upon the truth: The real thrill is to be a giant, passive head plugged into everything.

I like that imagery.