I've just been browsing the Apple store online and having a gander at some of the various accessories I can get for my iMac, and I was struck at the sheer strangeness of some of them and, by extension, the oddness of modern technology by comparison to what was often thought would exist around now some fifty years ago. The main thing that brought this on was the new mouse Apple are launching. It's not got any proper buttons, and instead it's like an iPod Touch in how it's operated. Add to that, it's wireless. The same goes for the keyboard I was eyeing up. We may not have hoverboards (as featured in virtually every future ever), but instead we have wireless technology and access to all knowledge at the push of a button. Wherever we are, we don't have an excuse for being out of touch thanks to modern phone technology (I'm still astounded that in 10 years we've gone from bricks to the things even Arthur C. Clarke wouldn't have foreseen happening by now when he was writing 2001: A Space Odyssey). It astounds me even now that when man went to the Moon the combined power of all the computers on the planet couldn't rival the battered laptop I'm typing on now. Since then we've developed technology capable of controlling probes billions of miles away. We've managed to fileshare at the push of a button. And we still can't cure the common cold or even go anywhere near a solution to world poverty. I was just wondering how other people have reacted to the advancements around them in recent years and how they see it in relation to the rest of the world.