Current Edition

March 2007


Preface and Commentary

by H. L. Siddons, Jr.


1996 - The beginning  of the Future Chronicles...

For centuries man has been fascinated, especially recently, with the future. From the esoteric predictions of Nostradamus and the prophetic ideas of Jules Verne or fantastic stories of H. G. Wells, to the more contemporary social, economic and political musings of either Alvin Toffler or John Naisbitt or the more tangible technological dreams and realities of Bill Gates or biting commentary of George Gilder; those and countless others have prognosticated what might happen to us in our world of the ever emerging future.

Science fiction, in both literary and cinematic ways, helps us see what is possible; we are fortunate to experience those many creative minds conjuring up the implications of technological advances and dire warnings in social experimentation with what-if scenarios, many of which are garnered with some pretty wild and bizarre stories of alien worlds and civilizations. And through all of this, sometimes it appears as if whatever man can think of or imagine, just may be possible, even probable.

But all this begs the real question:

  • Where are we going now and where do we really want to be in the future? Is there any plan for this or have we, will we, continue to muddle towards an uncertain future? Since technological, economic, political and social forces inevitably form our future, why is there is no consensus as to such a plan or strategy? Or is that we can’t agree on one? Has our world become so complicated that such a task borders on the impossible? Perhaps this is where the problem lies.

Many believe that the goal of most technological and social advancement is an idealistic ambition to globally improve the human condition: our constant and continuing strive over the centuries to not only survive, but thrive; more explicitly, to extend our lifespan, to deter or eliminate disease, to expand our opportunities to communicate, to grow and learn using advance technology and to ultimately improve our standard of living.

January 2006 - Ten Years Later...

It has been almost ten years since we started this online query into the future studies. Each article herein is a living document, always dynamic and in constant flux and update mode. 

In 2007-10, we plan to do both a complete facelift to this web site, as well as adding new pertinent subject matter.

 


Contents


2003 Predictive Track Record

Year 2000 Problem (Y2K)

HDTV/DTV

Windows/WIN-tel

   

DVD Chronicles

 

Convergence of TV/PC/Phone

 

TV Database

 Millenniummania!

Are you ready for the next millennium? Millenniummania we help prepare you...and a look back at the turn of the new century!

The Future Chronicles Links


The Future Chronicles will publish periodically by H. L. Siddons.
Plans are to go quarterly sometime in 2007. The Preview editions from 1996-2007 will cover the future in general, consumer electronics,  and the Internet.
The primary focus in 1997-2007 will be an historical perspective.
Future editions (2007-2010) will cover the future of politics, education, the Internet, computers and software, science, space, telecommunications industry and work/employment and future technologies.
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