Aphelion Editorial 066
by Dan L. Hollifield
Hello and welcome!
Its the start of another calendar year, and the end of
another year of Aphelion. Next month starts off Aphelion's 6th
year! The world has changed many times since we began this little
website. No doubt it will change many more times in the future. I found
myself wondering what some of those changes will be, so here's a short
list of a dozen things I came up with:
The laser beams in CD and DVD machines will
change color from red to blue, thus allowing each disc to hold four
times as much data as they presently do. I predict that there will be a
dual system of both red and blue laser drives to make the changeover
easier. After a short time, the blue beam systems will become the new
standard. Until someone invents something even better, later.
Air travelers will begin shipping their luggage
by UPS, DHL, or FedEx to cut back on delays caused by increased
security procedures at US airports. Railroad and bus travel will
increase as air travel decreases. Also, more people will buy their own
The US will become less free the longer that
terrorism continues. Many people will compare the new America to Nazi
Germany. Sadly, almost no one will attempt to keep governmental
excesses in check. Congress will vote themselves more and more raises
and do even less than they do now to earn their pay. Electronic voting
from your home computer will be viewed as undesirable by the
government, as it might tend to get more people involved with the way
their country is run.
Automobiles using more efficient gasoline engines
will continue to be offered to the public instead of electric or hybrid
gas/electric engines so that the oil companies will not lose money.
China will attempt to colonize Mars, which may
draw the US back into space in a big way. If so, Earth's moon will
become important as a source for raw materials to construct ships and
lower costs by decreasing the amount of material that will have to be
launched from Earth's higher gravity. NASA's Apollo landing sites will
become historical monuments. Near Earth asteroids will be used as
shuttles out to the main Asteroid Belt where mining will become a big
Ozone factories will attempt to patch the holes
in Earth's ozone layer. (I have no idea how this would work. Quite
possibly this will cause something even worse to happen. As if
decreasing pollution to fight global warming unexpectedly causes a new
Personal Computers will continue to evolve. They
will become even smaller, faster, and more portable. Eventually, PCs
will become small enough to fit into jewelry, wrist watches, or
sunglasses. I suggest that PC will come to stand for Portable Computer
and a new term will be coined for home computers. Internet access will
become a standard feature in homes, no different than electrical
wiring, telephone service, TV, or plumbing. The internet will become
just another common utility.
Political Correctness will stand revealed as the
bigotry-on-steroids that it actually is.
Home schooling through the internet will replace
public schools as the major means of child education. Public schools
will evolve into day-care centers whose main function will be teaching
social interaction and physical education while babysitting for working
New cures for old diseases will be balanced by
new diseases evolving. Medical schools will be given more funding.
Geriatrics will become more important as more wealthy people begin to
The war on terrorism will be won as much by
producing more food as by military action.
Autopilots will become standard features in
automobiles and roadways will be upgraded to allow computer controlled
traffic to move faster, with greater safety. Eventually, all vehicles
not equipped for computer control will be barred from major roadways.
OK, some of these are way off in the future, but
some of them very near-term. I'm no psychic, I'm just looking at the
world as it is and making guesses as to what could happen. Its up to
everyone to work toward the kind of future that they want to see come
about. Your life is your own, make the most of it.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled
Thanks for your time.
© 2003 Dan L. Hollifield
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