I’m in the Starbucks on the first floor of XinZhongGuan, and there is a girl at another table sitting alone reading a book.
Every once in a while she laughs and then says something. My first thought was, “that must be a good book”, but when she started talking more frequently, I started to think that she might be a little bit crazy. After a while, though, I noticed the headphones, and realized that she was talking on the phone. Yes, sitting in Starbucks, reading a book, and carrying on a passive phone conversation.
I wonder if this is the future.
Now we have ubiquitous communication through instant messaging when we’re at a computer, or SMS when we’re away from a computer with a cell phone. I wonder if in the future people that I approve will be able to speak directly into my ear without having to interact with a device.
I think this is probably less far off than most suspect.