Why write about technology?
I’ve been excited by it for as long as I can remember. Not just about cool gadgets that exist but also by the thought of where new developments are going to go in the future and how that will impact on our day to day lives. I love reading science fiction that has a firm basis in cutting edge science and uses the vast power of human imagination to speculate how society as a whole develops due to major scientific advances. From Jules Verne to Arthur C Clark, some of the greatest advances we have today have occurred as a result of the musings of a talented science fiction writer.
At its best, technology makes things easier and gives us more time to focus on the things that really matter. It can save lives and make them more fulfilling allowing us to experience new things and express ourselves in new ways. Whether it is improving the standard of living or just adding excitement to everyday life, technology can be a huge boon to society.
So where is science going next? That is a difficult question to answer as there are so many exhilarating possibilities in so many different fields - from ways to treat bacterial infection without antibiotics to understanding quantum physics in a way that may let us travel freely through the stars and reach other planets.
One of my personal desires has always been the achievement of a practical flying solution for solo people. Watching the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984, I was dazzled by the jetpack flight in the opening ceremony. And now Frank Zapata has created the Zapata Flyboard – an incredible piece of technology that allows humans to soar in the sky. To paraphrase a popular advertising slogan, technology gives you wings.