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AROUND DECEMBER 2009 : we had students, iPhones, Google Maps, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and most of the other technological props on which we now rely. Uber and WhatsApp were new, Netflix was mostly a DVD rental business.

The connected home was new. Podcasts, so big today, were insignificant. 4G, the backbone of almost everything in today's ''mobile first'' world, had just been launched in Stockholm and Oslo but was years elsewhere. The iPad was still five months off.

Behaviourally, our heads were not yet as buried in our phones as they are now [blame 4G for that], and social media was still in its of innocence. It was fun and engaging, with none of the plaque of opprobrium that now sticks to it cash, now on its way out was still a thing. Buying online as a first choice was still new. But life felt largely the same as now.

The ends of decade have a habit of being disproportionately important in personal technology. Things that will be big tend to bubble under in a decade's eighth and ninth year, then seep into our lives.

The Internet and satnav were emerging in 1989. In 1999, Google, broadband and WiFi were embryonic, 2008 saw the sale of the first Tesla all-electric car. Today we have lab-grown meat, which began to trend in 2018 and looks a near certainty to go mainstream.

While technology adoption seems to be a whirlwind, it's actually a slow process with wholly new products surprisingly rare.  The only really new devices introduced between 2009 and today have been the iPad, which came in April 2010; the smart speaker, debuted by Amazon in 2014; and the consumer drone, which is probably doomed by safety concerns.Nothing else available now would surprise the me of 2009, and is highly unlikely that the products of December 2029 will greatly shock any of us.
Had I been asked in 2009 what I was looking forward to having by 2020, I would have said all the music and movies in the world on a hard drive [no longer necessary], quality video calling [now a done deal], not having to be terrified of roaming charges when traveling [largely solved], and cleaner air thanks to electric cars [we have a few, but the sir still leaves much to be desired].

What was being predicted for 2020 10 years ago? Just Google ''2010 predictions for 2020 [to discover how, for example serious futuristics were expecting ''a Manhattan-scale global project to curb harmful climate change'', ''supermarkets restocking your Internet connected fridge automatically'', ''nutritionally enhanced foods flourishing and obesity declining'', ''disposable fashions going the way of the battery chicken'', and ''people under 25 waiting to talk to their friends face-to-face, not via a digital machine''.

It brings to mind Sam Goldwyn's famous maxim : ''Never predict anything, especially the future''. So this time around, to find out what those actually building the future think, I went to spend a few days in Portland, Oregon, also known as Silicon Forest, where unlike San Francisco or New York, young technologists can actually afford to live.

My first window into what smart young people are cooking up for 2030 is meeting with some startups at Portland Seed Fund, one of the many incubators in town.

I speak to the founders of The Wild, which is involved in the business of immersive online collaboration [that is, not flying to meetings], using AR and VR. Meanwhile the team behind Streem aims to enable ''millennials who don't like to talk to people'' to mend home appliances remotely without a serviceman visiting.

''Today people still want to talk to someone, but by 2030 that will be fading out,'' says Streem's Ty Frackiewicz.

Another startup, Goodwell, makes sustainable toothbrushes that will one day be 3-D printable, so no  planet-polluting shipping. Its forthcoming product is a clockwork-powered brush. Some way off the flying car people still think of as ''the future''.

With respectful dedication to the author Jonthan Margolis, Parents, Future, Students, Professors and  Teachers of the world.
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