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Reflections and Predictions

Tue May 29, 2012, 7:26 AM


I'll start by talking about a topic we're all familiar with: technology.

Now, I don't know about you, but I'm quite happy with technology these days. My computer does everything that I want it to do, at a pretty good speed; my Dad has a fancy camera, but more importantly, he lets me use it; then there's various other gadgets of the 21st century, like 3D TVs and smartphones, and they're all pretty awesome.

And yet, it is often the case that we look back into the past, at, say, my parents' generation. They didn't have the luxury of computers, their cameras relied on film instead of pixels, and things like 3D were unheard of. Compared to our current living standards today, it's easy to think that life was 'hard' back then - but they lived through it quite happily. Perhaps, while they were writing letters instead of texts, they felt grateful that they had a postage system at all. In fact, they probably felt the same way as I do now: "Wow, we have this fancy new stuff like trams. It must've been hard when my parents [my grandparents] were my age, when they didn't have the luxury of trams."

What I'm trying to get at here is that the present is only relative. In the grand scheme of things, May 2012 isn't particularly special. We're not at the peak of the technological development curve - it's just that, from our current viewpoint, everything in the past was pretty sparse technology-wise. It makes me wonder... in 30 or so years' time, when I am at the age that my parents are now, are my children going to look back at May 2012 and think, "Wow, we have these fancy new stuff like [say] teleporters. It must've been hard when my Dad [me!] was my age, when he didn't have the luxury of teleporters."? Then I'd say to them, "Actually, son, life was pretty good. Back then, we had these great big things called buses that drive around on wheels and take us places.", at which point they'd ask about why these buses used wheels instead of solar-powered electromagnetic levitation.

In short, I'm quite happy with technology right now, but it's probably going to grow massively in the next few decades. I'm excited.

The interesting thing is how you can use the same thinking process for a vast number of areas, for which I'll list a few here (ranging from incredibly trivial to depressingly true):

- I'm doing pretty well at school. Looking back at my younger years, I'm amazed by how casually I took things, how much time I wasted, how much better I could've done, and yet, at the time, I felt on top of the world. It's strange thinking that one day, I'll probably look back at my current 17-year-old self, counting the hours that could've been better spent elsewhere, shocked by how naive I was [am... will be... the tenses are confusing].

- I've never been particularly successful in the Relationships department. There've been three times when I liked a girl, did something completely idiotic, then came out of it with the mindset of "Wow, that was stupid. I'd better not make that mistake again." (fortunately two of said situations turned out well). Each time I try to take a step back, in the belief that I'm infinitely more mature after that experience, and that the next time it'd be fine. Wash, rinse, repeat.

- I used to think that my Level 100 Sceptile with four Grass moves on Pokémon Sapphire was the best (this may be to blame for the lack of social success). Then he was replaced by a Choice Specs Yanmega, which I utterly (and worse, consciously) ruined by thinking, "Hm, Yanmega's Defense isn't too high, maybe I should give him some EVs in that." Some day, when I have a 31-IVs-in-everything Max-Attack Max-Speed Guts Facade Flame Orb Swellow, I'll probably look back at my current Max-Defense Mix-Attacking Carracosta like it's scum.

- Last one, I think - I really should put a length limit on my journals. I'm sure you'll agree that my MOCing has improved over the years, but at each stage I thought that the most recent one was perfect, despite it being far from that. There was a time that I thought the Shark wasn't a mess; there was a time that I thought the Air Titan's flawed shoulder system wasn't a big problem. Maybe there'll be a time when I'll think that Discharge is... well, I have no idea. The future is undefined, after all.

Anyway, I'm not sure exactly what the conclusion of this journal is. On one hand, it says "Don't take what you have now for granted.", while on the other hand, it says "Some day, you'll look back and wonder why you bothered." Either way, I hope you enjoyed the read; I certainly enjoyed writing it.

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runninby Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Wow, thank you for the great read, i really enjoyed it.
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Shadow-Architect Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Become a biologist.

Because one day, we will MAKE Pokemon.


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No, seriously.
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Rahiden Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
We're only one dose of yellow pigment and an electric shock away from manufacturing a Pikachu :D
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ZogtheAngryChipmunk Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
Stop messing with present and future tense. You will make my brain hurt.
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Rahiden Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Didn't you meant I will have makes your brain hurted? ;)
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ZogtheAngryChipmunk Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
You will have had make my brain hurts.
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Schizophrenematic Featured By Owner May 29, 2012   Writer
"Dad, you had a Sceptile? C'mon! Blaziken! What were you doing!?" That's what your kids are going to be most concerned about. If there haven't been a million new Pokemon games by then, and there end up being like, 2000 Pokemon. :P
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Rahiden Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha :XD: They'll be playing Pokémon Slightly-Sickly-Shade-of-Green by then, with Pokémon based on stem cells and nuclear fission :P
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Schizophrenematic Featured By Owner May 29, 2012   Writer
Pokemon Magnesium. :P I haven't gone through your entire gallery, but do you have any Pokemon MOCs? Also, now that I have your attention, your MOCs are sweeeet! Were you ever a part of BZPower?
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Rahiden Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe, thanks a bunch ^^ In the past I've made two PokéMOCs: Bouffalant (a perfect example of 'Looking back, I realise how bad this one is...") and, more recently, Yanmega. Yanmega's one of my favourite Pokémon and one of my favourite MOCs ;)

I do have an account on BZPower, but it's empty. To be honest I've never really explored much outside of deviantArt and Facebook.
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Schizophrenematic Featured By Owner May 29, 2012   Writer
I remember seeing those! Well, I mean, now that you've reminded me. I haven't played past Generation III, so, I'm not familiar with either of them. :P Both MOCs are impressive, although, I just personally like the look of Bouffalant better.

Alright. I was just wondering because I have an account there (I don't go on it anymore). I mainly stuck around the RP section of the forums, but I visited MOCs, and was wondering if you had posted stuff up there. :)
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Rahiden Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe, thanks anyway. To be honest I'm not too fond of building 'popular' stuff, like well-known Pokémon; they get more attention than they deserve, and most of the comments don't really take the MOC's quality into account. Ah well.

I probably should expand my MOCing sites, but it's too much of a bother... do you do any MOCing yourself?
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Schizophrenematic Featured By Owner May 29, 2012   Writer
Oh, well, true. I can see that happening, yeah. Nevertheless, I can see that whatever you'll choose to do, it'll be quite the MOC to see. :)

The publicity's always nice, but it's a hassle to manage works on multiple sites - I know that having writing on dA, Figment and Fictionpress didn't really work out for me. Too much work. xD And no, I don't really do MOCing. I used to make a few things from time to time (I made like, two buffed-up Vahki, as well as a few other random things), but nothing that I would reaaally call MOCs. I wasn't good enough at building. ;P
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Rahiden Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe, yeah, I doubt I'd keep up if I had any more sites. There are some MOCers who essentially make an account, dump their stuff, and never really become active at all (I know quite a few here on deviantArt). I'd rather not become one of them :)

Ah, that's a shame. At least you can appreciate MOCs better than common folk :D
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imaNINJA2 Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you rant at the max of the lower extreme (if that makes sense to you at all)

and I've notice that you cant really think about most things in the present, but only in retrospect
like how long something took or like you can't think about how refreshing that glass of water is as you drink it, that's why we say it WAS refreshing after we're refreshed, you see what i mean

oh and I've also thought about the whole technology thing too, a scary thought
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Rahiden Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"Rant at the max of the lower extreme"... weirdly that makes perfect sense :D
And yeah, now that you point it out, it's the same process on a much smaller timescale - perhaps I could've included something about that ;)
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imaNINJA2 Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you can edit journals so :iconwhynotplz:
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I did enjoy the read. I've had some of those very same thoughts. Every time I look at this I am flooded with thoughts of nostalgia and think back to how things were in 2006. Back then, it seemed like Bionicle would be going on a long long time, and I remember wondering how the hell lego were going to outdo themselves in 2007. I also look at this and am amazed at how much things can change, and how somethings stay the same and stand the test of time. Its like Niobe said to Morpheus. Somethings never change, and some things do. :P :iconthematrixplz:

I'd like to see human cyberization and full prosthetics achieved in the next 50 years. I think that's where we might be headed. Our kids will be like "wow dad, you had to actually sit down to a computer to get online, or use a phone, it wasn't just right there in your head? :XD: We're already developing "H.U.D" contact lenses and stuff like that. How much long will it be before we start commercially implanting technology into our own bodies to improve them?
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Rahiden Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You know, that's one of the reasons why I'm glad I take groupshots of my MOCs every 6 months: it really evokes that sense of development. Then again, back in 06 I hadn't even started MOCing yet, so I just bought the sets and left it at that =P

It's thoughts like human cyberisation that seem to define the future, isn't it? :D Everyone essentially being able to photoshop themselves, becoming cyborgs with our own USB ports... ah, it's a good time to be alive.
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, I need to do that to. Or maybe what I'll do, since i can be bothered by it is to take a group shot every time there's a new PermaMOC added to the collection, so there's more updates. :) I guess since I have Isra, revamped Furnace, and reworked Melanthios its time for another one.

Indeed. That definitely seems the direction. I don't know if I'd be willing to do extensive cyberization at first, I'd want the kinks worked out, then I'd do it. :) HAHA all of this coming from a guy who doesn't have any body modifications at all. No tats or piercings, even though I want some.

What's your standpoint on Tattoos. You don't really seem the Piercing type.
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Rahiden Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nah, I don't really like the idea of permanently altering your body - anything more that earrings seems to be a bit much, and I don't plan on getting them either :XD: And we've all heard of those stories where people get a tattoo that they really regret (particularly the ones with spelling mistakes... those annoy me more than anything).
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:lol: yeah. That would be annoying. But I wouldn't just get any old tattoo. It'd have meaning to it. The only Tattoos I'd get with writing would be the names of my kids, if I had any. Every thing else would be imagery. :)
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Rahiden Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Eh, each to his own, I guess. I quite like the way my un-tattooed body looks as it is :D
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, like you said, to each their own. I needs me some ink eventually. I just don't have the money for it and its not really anything useful.
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LockmanCapulet Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A good read. I think about stuff this way a lot. I figure that as long as it's what we want to do now, and we find it enjoyable, nothing is really obsolete or pointless.
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Rahiden Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hm... that's a good way of thinking about it :D
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Atari93 Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
:icontoolongdidntreadplz:

Naa, I read the entire thing. :)
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Rahiden Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D What did you think of it? It's a lot of rambling, to be fair.
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Atari93 Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
I agree with you, you should do more rants. :)
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Rahiden Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have another one in mind, but maybe I'll wait a while before I do it :D
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welcometothedarksyde Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
"What!? You only had smartphones when you were a teen? It must've been hard to communicate without a radio-supercollider telecommunicator!
That's what my kids will be saying to me in 30 years
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Shorjok Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I certainly did enjoy reading it- what you say is true. Although I do doubt teleporters in the next 30 years or so- look what happened with Back to the Future and its hoverboards... In 2015 >_<
I guess we've still got 3 years.... let's get cracking!
Anyway, thanks for sharing.
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Rahiden Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I used teleporters as an off-hand example of some impossible technology ^^; Somehow I didn't think mass renewable energy (or something else more achievable) would give the right impact.
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Shorjok Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
True, I'm just saying. It just annoys me sometimes....
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Likonan Featured By Owner May 29, 2012   Digital Artist
I most certainly enjoyed reading this. :lol:

I am bemused by how much technology has improved over the course of our one lifetimes. When we were born, the Net was pretty much unknown to all, trance and house music were still in their early stages, and pictures and animations that nowadays would have been considered meh were absolutely amazing and enchanting when we were young (Take Imaginaria, for example).

Just goes to proves that the future can't be truly predicted. :D
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Rahiden Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad you enjoyed it :)
Exactly - things which were thought impossible have become reality, so I'm jealous of what the next few generations will experience :D
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Likonan Featured By Owner May 29, 2012   Digital Artist
On the bright side, we can pride ourselves on our Gameboys, our modern computers, and our TV shows. :D
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