Dec 23, 2019
Tribbles and Smartphones
Smart Reseller Magazine
December 20, 1999
Writer David Gerrold really nailed it with this prediction. It was written 20 years ago when the most complicated thing our cell phones could do would be to play Snake and keep a signal long enough to finish your call before it dropped.
This article is making the rounds on Twitter, but without a whole lot of discussion about its author. David Gerrold isn't just a magazine columnist who predicted the smartphone and the death of personal privacy with shocking detail and accuracy. He's a sci-fi author whose first professional writing was the Star Trek script for the 1967 episode The Trouble With Tribbles, arguably the most well-known episode of any Star Trek series of all time. He also wrote episodes of Land Of The Lost, Sliders, Babylon 5, and the 80's Twilight Zone series. He even wrote two episodes of The Real Ghostbusters cartoon series. That's a pretty cool resume.
Seeing things like this make me want to dig through the predictions that are being made today about what the world will look like 20 years from now.