As I happily opened my Father’s Day gifts yesterday, I looked at my shiny new keychain and said, “Now I just need some more keys to put on this. But in a few years we won’t even have keys anymore, IoT will turn my cell phone into my keys.”
My wife and I then started discussing Father’s Day gifts through the years and we both remember exactly what we made in school for Father’s Day when we were kids: ashtrays. It’s amazing to think about it now, when smoking is relegated to a dwindling number of designated areas, but back then everyone smoked. To get a feel for how pervasive it was, just watch an episode of Mad Men. Now we need to explain to our kids what an ashtray is.
How long before we hold up something like a brass key as a mysterious artifact of the past, something you only see at your grandparents’ house?
My daughter didn’t miss a beat and said, “If that happens, then we’ll just make you a cell phone case.”
And of course she’s exactly right. I can’t wait for the 3D printers to hit our schools and art/shop classes.