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Consider, if you will, the following…

A bus operator pulls into the company parking lot. An infrared beam scans the license plate and compares it to a computerized list of authorized vehicles. The pre-assigned parking space registers that he has parked in the correct spot.

When he reaches the trainmen’s room, the operator taps his wallet containing his ID on an automatic reader, which identifies him, opens the elevator door, and grants him access to a designated floor.  At the dispatcher’s window a computer records the time he arrives, and saves it to his personnel file.  Had he not been on time his name would have flashed as an exception on the dispatcher’s screen.

The operator places his hand on a special rectangular “fitness for duty” pod on the window.  The dispatcher reads the blood pressure, and the levels of cholesterol, glucose, alcohol and other drugs in his system.  No exceptions in these levels are noted.  The operator proceeds to the bus storage area.

Computer performs several tasks

The operator taps his ID card on the automatic reader on the fare box in the bus, which sets its computer in motion performing several tasks. Instantly the operator’s seat and mirrors self adjust to his preset comfort and safety positions, the radio is set, and the fare box keys itself in. Finding one tire’s air pressure a tad low the bus inflates it with air from the bellows.  It checks fluid levels – but a human may still have to top off the oil if needed.

Pulling into the yard, the operator checks three small video screens on the dash displaying blind spots that can now be seen due to rear and side mounted cameras.  The bus windows self-adjust to natural light to protect occupants from the UV rays of the sun and aid the vehicle’s climate control system.

From this point on the operator’s only responsibility is to drive the bus on route and on time.

Next a mechanic – an Iraqi war veteran – pulls into the parking lot.  Her license plate is scanned; she taps her ID, and places her hand on the fitness for duty pod.

Now she turns from the window prepared for work.

The Snap-On-Tool van pulls into the lot.  The mechanic looks inside and sees a strange looking glove with a small “whatcha-ma-call-it” attached to the palm.  The salesperson inserts the blade of a screwdriver in it, closes his hand and the blade whirs into action.  The salesperson opens his hand and the blade stops.  The salesperson hands her the glove and beckons her to check it out.  She is amazed at the amount of dexterity it allows, and that it requires no batteries.

The future is made in the present

You LAUGH!  You say this will never happen?  But, the technology exists today.

The future is where we will live the rest of our lives.  The future is made in the present.  What will we need to know to do our jobs in the future?  What are we going to do to insure it’s the future we want?

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