Which brings me to my next thought. In my grandmother's day, doing laundry was a big deal. It required a lot of hard labor for the better part of a day and maybe more than that if it was for a large family. There was water to be heated, sometimes over a fire located outside. There were washboards and harsh soaps and a woman was lucky if her hands were not sore and red after doing her family's laundry. I remember my mother telling me that it was very common to wear things more times than just once....understandably so, given the labor intensive methods used to do the laundry.
|1948 Westinghouse Washer|
Imaging the difference between the world I live in today and comparing it even to the life I led as a child is like night and day. We take it all for granted and our day to day existence is impacted by the things that inhabit our world from the moment we wake up until we nod off at night. So it is only natural to wonder---what's next? Will our world continue to change as much as it has in the time I've been alive?
Well, I say it sure looks like it will! A few days ago a young man named Elon Musk, a truly amazing guy with an imagination that must give him some wild dreams, introduced the world to his latest idea. Musk is famous for founding Tesla Motor Company and a thing called PayPal, that many of us use regularly to make our purchases safely and easily on the internet. His idea is called a Hyperloop, a futuristic concept for transporting people via a high speed tube system between Los Angeles and San Francisco. It takes the notion of high speed rail and pushes it up a notch or two. On first read of the 57 page document that outlines his concept, one might be tempted to think he is way out on limb and that it's something that far eclipses our ability to execute. A capsule inside a tube that hurtles people at 700 mph between cities? Surely this is the stuff of science fiction?
|Elon Musk's Hyperloop|
|Gavin at the microscope.|
|Luci reading & thinking.|
So keep your eyes open and pay attention to what's coming. When my grandchildren look back at how their world has changed, they will view today's best inventions with the same impression we think of the Model T and the washboard and lye soap. It will all look so primitive to their eyes. I hope that the news of Mr. Musk's plans for the future sparks their imagination, too. I'd like to think that one of them is thinking right now of something new, unheard of that will change their world in ways we may not be able to fathom. I sure do hope I live long enough to see their ideas come to life.
|Ben and Brian inventing.|