|"This is like déjà vu all over again."|
lthough Yogi did not anticipate Phrenicea, he was humorously astute enough to observe that change is inevitable; and that it can ironically lead "back to square one," or "full circle," as it did on a grand scale once Phrenicea became integrated into daily living.
The capabilities of Phrenicea by 2050 in many ways led to less complicated lifestyles, so simple in fact as to resemble 18th and 19th century living, if not before.
1895 - Radio, TV, VCRs, cell & wired telephone, fax, records, tapes, CDs, PCs and the Web/Internet do not exist (not yet invented).
1860 - Automobiles, planes, jets, powered ships do not exist (not yet invented).
1882 - Centralized energy-generating power plants not yet utilized.
1450 - No news is good news. Well, not quite. Newspapers — or forerunners thereof — have yet to be invented.
1700 - Food is grown locally and is consumed locally. Long-distance shipping not possible.
2500 (B.C.!) - A person's financial worth is on their person. Coin, banks and financial institutions were yet to be invented.
1837 - One computer — the first — exists in the world; the mechanical Analytical Engine invented by Charles Babbage.
You are invited to explore the Phrenicea site to better understand the scenario touched upon above. Many of us assume that the tremendous change witnessed in the 20th century, and especially in the 1990s with the Internet/Web phenomenon, will continue throughout the 21st century to further complicate and speed up our lives.
It will get worse, and it will become unbearable. The loss of privacy, proliferation of electronic gadgets as well as technology-enabled violence and environmental factors will give rise to conditions facilitating the infiltration of Phrenicea into our lives and culture.