Is it our vision of the future that shapes what the future becomes?
The Cell phone is common Place. The Tricorder is underdevelopment and according some quick Google search results Scotty might (conceptually) be able to beam us up in the foreseeable future.
A great question that Bret Victor raises however is: Are we limited by these visions of the future? He wants to know why all (current) visions of the future depict technology as reliant on “behind the glass pictures”. Why are we having difficulty re-imagining a future communication/interaction platform that takes complete advantage of our bodies capabilities instead of limiting us to the tips of our fingers detaching our interactions from the rich feedback environment of the tactile?