Things our Kids Should Know (Before College 2030)

The other day I wrote an article about Things our Kids Should Know Before Starting College. This sparked some debate on Facebook about whether or not balancing your checkbook is already out of date (I say it’s not, but clearly this is not a settled issue).

This begs the obvious question: which pieces of advice WILL be out of date by the time the kids go to college? Should I not recommend that my children remember to charge their car phones or learn how to clean VCR heads? How could I even know what sorts of things will be out of date by the time they are ready to move out on their own?

I think about my grandma and how, in her lifetime, we went from outdoor toilets and horse-drawn carriages to always-connected-cell-phone-computers-in-our-pockets. Surely by the time I die, some of the things common in my life are going to seem as silly and outdated as going without indoor plumbing. But which ones? How could my grandma even have imagined something like an iPad when she was a kid?

No worries my friends, my friend Dan is here to pick up the slack: Things our Kids Should Know (Before College 2030). His (much more useful) list covers everything from augmented reality glasses, how to disable your personal robot, nanoparticle food, and reminders about how to correctly use your personal defense drone (and how to appease the Google/Robot overlords, of course).

A note from the past!

The lovely folks at FutureMe have delivered a note from the distant past! Ah, it’s like opening a time capsule. What could the me from the past have had to say to my lovely wife?

The following is an e-mail from the past, composed 3 years ago, on July 16, 2009. It is being delivered from the past through

Subject: How’s the flying car?

Dear FutureSara,
What’s it like in the FUTURE!?!
I hope we didn’t get divorced…AWKWARD!

::whew:: Thank god we didn’t get divorced. I’m going to have to keep sending these things, that way we’ll never get divorced, just to avoid the awkwardness.

Thank you, PastMe for taking the time to inscribe these ever-so-important words, and thank you for delivering them!

It’s the wave of the future, dude

Check this out:

This demo — from Pattie Maes’ lab at MIT, spearheaded by Pranav Mistry — was the buzz of TED. It’s a wearable device with a projector that paves the way for profound interaction with our environment. Imagine “Minority Report” and then some.

How cool is that? And the thing is, it’s not some crazy idea from way out there. It’s just a camera, projector, some finger tip things, and boom! Obviously it will get smaller / more useful over time, but the future is here! I thought iPhones were crazy…