Back in 1995, Neil Stevenson wrote a novel, Diamond Age, that featured electronic books that featured electronic paper where you would unfold a sheet of paper and it would pick up the Wifi in the room and display the front page of a newspaper. Then you could press a button and continue the story reading on. We pretty much have that now. The only thing is, it’s not flexible. With organic semiconductors, that’s probably coming pretty soon.
I think maybe one thing that will happen is with our Smart Phones, they become smaller, if the technology gets integrated into our clothing or our eyeglasses, we might – if we choose to – live in an ubiquitous world of constant information. Personally, I’d like to be able to catch my thought every now and then.
In Their Own Words is recorded in Big Think’s studio.