The World in Twenty-Five Years
"I'll throw the damned rearview mirror out of the damned window because I don't want to know where I've come from, but where I'am going," Frank Lloyd Wright, the American architect, is reputed to have said once in the '30s of the 20th century, and indeed he did actually break off the car's rearview mirror and throw it out of the window. A brillant anecdote. But that was before the Holocaust, Hiroshima and Vietnam, before the first flight to the moon, before Chernobyl, before 9/11 and the Iraq War, before the discovery of the DNA double helix, Dolly the cloned sheep, and the deciphering and patenting of the entire genome, before the development of the transistor, the age of digital simulations, the development of the Internet and the triumphal advance of cell phones and computer games ... That's quite a lot of future reflecting in our rearview mirror. But what lies ahead of us?