Magic_HatWith statements like the above, I am reminded of Arthur C. Clarke’s prescient comment from Profiles of the Future (1961). “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

Most of us see the magic all around: wearables are gaining traction, homes are becoming smarter. This is the metaverse  - that thin layer of unseen tech, like the hands of as Jinn, aiding our lives seamlessly through the Internet.  We only have to look across the road to see the future’s horizon. There is  the driverless car headed down the highway - its trunk filled with new magic.

Certainly, Google’s Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, caused a couple of heads to explode at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland  last week ( 1.22.2015) when he was asked about the future of the web.

“I will answer very simply that the Internet will disappear,” Schmidt said.

According to CNET, the Google executive later clarified. “It will be part of your presence all the time. Imagine you walk into a room, and the room is dynamic. And with your permission and all of that, you are interacting with the things going on in the room.”

In very short order, we have seen  the magic:  the  world-wide web collapsing time and space. We can be connected with anyone in the world, no matter the distance or time of day. We have seen incredible positive transformation, especially in the way we can collaborate across the globe, 24/7.

Yet, every time we send a text, we are rewarded by a drop of dopamine, “the pleasure drug”. We are becoming more and more addicted to our tech habits — whether child, teen, or adult.

The Director of MIT’s Center for Self and technology, Sherry Turkle,  has completed  big-idea research, illustrating that we actually prefer a screen  filter to actual   one-on-one, face-to-face  human interaction. “We are losing the raw human part of being with each other,” she said.

It’s going to be harder and harder to “unplug”, to take the “day off from tech” when our wearables are wired and our cars know the way better than we do.

I simply hope that the future contains the balance between humanity and tech – the middle ground, or as the Greeks used to say, the “Golden Mean”.   I hope that the greatest trick of all does not  become  our awkward, silly, brilliant, messy, humanity vanishing  into the magic hat of tomorrow’s technology.

If you are a gadget geek , here are 25 of the cool things arriving in 2015.  Most of these will not be at  the 2015 CES. I didn’t  say they were the top 25 coolest things but I guarantee one or two  will put a smile on your face…or a thought in your mind like …”why didn’t I think of that?”

1.) Hoodie BackPack

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2.) 360 Camera – Just Toss Into The Air

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3) Solar Tent

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4.) Compact Shoes

 

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5.) Sticky Solars for All Those Gadgets

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6.) Zipper Earpods

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7.) Rear View Mirror (no more blind spots)

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8.) The 270 Umbrella

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9.) BackPack Bikes

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10.) A New Key Hole (now why didn’t I think of that?) Mr. Wonderful would license this!

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11.) Digital Measuring Cup

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12.) Stackable Knife Set (Good QVC item)

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13.) Solar Powered Respite – Day or Night

 

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14.) Ruler with Holes for Precision

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15.) Hidden Power Outlet

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16.) Solar Station For Parking Lot

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17.) Digital Sensor for Just The Right Color

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18.) Bike with Built-In Lock

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19.) Built-In wall Extension Cord

 

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20.) Bicycle Parking (Sublime or Ridiculous)?

 

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21.) Rain or Shine Kiddie Transport

 

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22.) Traffic Signal With Hour Glass Timer

 

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23.) Eco-Friendly Basin System

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24.) Set the Mood for Your Room From Your Phone (featured at 2015 CES)

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25.) The Apple Watch

 

 

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Did I save the best for last at number 25? I don’t know.

But like a lot of us, I am certainly looking forward to receiving my apple watch! According to Forbes,   industry  projections range from ten million to sixty million units sold this year. The starting price has been rumored at $349. And as much as I like my Fit Bit, I guess I will have to consolidate and wear only my apple watch.

Back in 1985 when I was an executive at Paramount, I worked on the development of Dick Tracy with the talented writing team of Jack Epps, Jr.  and Jim Cash.  I had a real gadget-lust  for Tracy’s  2 way radio watch. While Disney, not Paramount ended up making the script, it is hard to wrap my mind around the fact that in 2015,  we will finally be getting our Dick Tracy watches via apple delivery.

Happy New Year everyone!