What Technological Advancement Makes You Think, "This is the Future"?

Every once in a while, a new device comes along that is so powerful and so innovative that you stop for a moment of technological reflection: This is the future. The device you're holding in your hand right now is the incomprehensible technology your younger self imagined they'd see in the future world.

For me, it was the first time I used remote login software, like SplashTop and LogMeIn, to access my home computer on the East Coast from a friend's iPad across the country. In an emergency, I realized I needed access to a spreadsheet on my home computer. At the drop of a hat (and a $14.95 app purchase later), I could see, edit and copy documents that only existed on my home desktop computer. "This is the future," I said to myself.

What about you? What was your "future" moment? Was it when you realized your iPhone's FaceTime feature was like something out of Star Trek? The first time your car's built-in GPS seamlessly guided you to your destination? Or when you realized you could play video games with a best friend that moved across the world?

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Taryn is a writer, maker, designer, and editor of lifestyle blog Formal Fringe. She lives in an apartment in Atlanta with her fiancé, their Boston Terrier and lots of serving dishes.

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