NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Being on the tech beat, I have long been an amateur futurist. I'm a journalist, not a scientist, and so I peer around corners looking for what's ahead, usually leaving a field once the market gets there in force. Like a western hero in that I never make much money.
What I have found is that the future is never what you think it will be. The future unfolds along the path of least resistance in the market. It's not about what you think is cool, but about what someone can convince everyone they want and need.
Our view of the future is always colored by what we have today. When I was a little kid, this was a mechanical future, because it was a mechanical age. The Brookings Institution still sees
In the 1990s that futurism reached an end point.
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