10 Years After…

June 19, 2010

I don’t believe in palm reading, tarot card reading, crystal ball reading, and all sorts of fortune telling. I have never tried one and I never will. I know a few people who depend their future to those things I’ve mentioned. I also know people who actually do those things for a living. But it doesn’t affect my beliefs in any ways.

Nostradamus, a world renowned seer, or in simpler terms, a fortune-teller, was very controversial. He studied Astrology and various occult sciences and used his learnings to predict the future. Oh yeah, his predictions, shall I say, were coincidentally true!

Here are 10 of his most famous predictions as released by science.discovery.com:

1. End of the World

2. 9/11

3. World War II and Adolf Hitler

4. Atomic Bomb

5. Louis Pasteur

6. JFK & RFK Assassinations

7. Hurricane Katrina

8. Princess Diana’s Death

9. London Fire

10. French Revolution

I know you are wondering why I am talking about fortune telling and Nostradamus. One thing: Bill Gates is not so far to be like Nostradamus. In his essay back in the year 2000, this world famous billionaire discussed the evolution of the Internet and predicted its future advancements. Let me emphasize the fact that Bill Gates wrote the essay in 2000, and we are now in 2010!

Ten years after he wrote the article, I’d like to say that his predictions were true. Let me quote a part of his essay:

“Today, most people access the Internet through their home or office PC, but as microprocessors become cheaper and more powerful, Internet access will also be available from a wider range of smart devices, from tablet-sized PCs to smart-cellular phones—even familiar household appliances… All this computing power will be interconnected, as high-speed Internet access becomes available in more areas and in many different ways, both wired and wireless.”

Let’s dissect the quote. He mentioned smart devices, which are a fad nowadays. The tablet-sized PCs he stated may be the iPad that was recently launched in the market. The smart cellular phones he stated may be the four versions of iPhone that are out on the market. The wireless Internet access may be the WiFi that we are all enjoying right now. Unbelievable? But, yeah, everything’s true! Here’s another one: “Using innovative accessibility aids, people with disabilities can use the Internet to help overcome barriers that prevent them from leading more productive and fulfilling lives.” Was Bill Gates talking about the numerous aids that laptops, PCs, and websites offer in our time now? We don’t know, but definitely he made a good prediction.

Apart from Bill Gates’ predictions, I am truly amazed on how the Internet changed many lives, including mine. All sorts of information were made available, business operations were made wider in scope, and keeping in touch with relatives and friends was made cheaper and easier. In what other ways can the Internet revolutionize the way things work, the way humans live? We still don’t know. If the Internet is still in its infancy in the year 2000, it is now in its late childhood to pre-adolescence stage. More years to go for the Internet to reach its late adulthood stage, or would it ever reach that stage?

But with the many opportunities the Internet has been giving us, many challenges arise. Let me give attention to the issue on protecting intellectual property, particularly piracy among music albums and songs. Being a singer and having known a few members of the local music industry, I understand the way that they feel toward piracy over the Internet. Their songs are being downloaded for free without their consent. I agree with Bill Gates when he said that strong legislation in the local government is needed and that the private sector should work hand-in-hand with the government in safeguarding the rights of the consumers and producers.

Oh yeah, I noticed this entry has been lengthy. But let me just say this: the Internet is a very powerful tool humans have invented for human advancement. By knowing how to use it the right way, the Internet will definitely bring greater benefits to us.

How else could the Internet affect the way we live and work after ten more years? We’ll find out in 2020.

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Want to read Bill Gates’ essay? Just click here.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. shakennotstirred007
    Jun 24, 2010 @ 08:23:03

    Pam.

    Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Nostradamus. Scary. Suddenly reminded me of a starless night under the pale moonlight. Brokenheartedly romantic. The irony of life.

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  2. villongco
    Jun 24, 2010 @ 08:46:09

    Needless to say, Bill Gates is a better fortune teller than Madame Auring. Kidding aside, I like the fact that you emphasized on the detail that the essay was written ten years ago and that its contents are true and applicable today. Like what I emphasized in my own entry, the concept of technology that we have today was science fiction to those who are a few generations ahead of us. At this point, only time can tell what the internet holds for us in the future.

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  3. barrycade
    Jun 28, 2010 @ 06:45:30

    there’s one statement in your post that i wished you focused more on because it would prolly be the most interesting: “Internet changed many lives, including mine.” How did it change your life? In what ways? And how do you feel about it? How else do you want it to change your life?

    Your answers to these would have made this post a little bit more personal, spontaneous, warm–like a friendly conversation–and not seem like a repitition of what Gates wrote.

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