It seems like just last week that we were on the threshold of a new millennium. The biggest prediction for the new decade was that the world would end when all the computers crashed at the stroke of midnight, taking humanity with them. At 12:01 a.m., the world continued on as before, and we all heaved a collective sigh of relief. Little did we know what was to come -- some good, and some not so good -- 9/11 and the rise of terrorism, Katrina, the Boxing Day tsunami, globalization, Twitter, iPOD, the resurgence of the Beatles, the death of Michael Jackson, reality TV, PlayStation and Wii, Ugg boots and Crocs, blogging, Vladimir Putin, the Euro, SARS and H1N1, Pope Benedict XVI, Barack Obama, Taylor Swift, the cloying music of Josh Brogan, Andrea Bocelli and Susan Boyle (*shudder*), Brangelina, the Gosselins, the Biggest Loser, Space Shuttle Columbia, Harry Potter, Sarah Palin, the Pakistan earthquake, Beyonce, Tina Fey, Pixar, The Sopranos, wardrobe malfunctions, cougars, "whazzup", "thinking outside the box", YouTube, bling, "it is what it is", "just sayin'", American Idol, the web generation, the Osbournes, the Human Genome Project, Archaeoraptor liaoningensis, Space Shuttle Columbia, the Large Haldron Collider, face transplants, Ardipithecus ramidus, hybrid cars, Anderson Cooper, High School Musical, Paris Hilton, "that's hot", Wikipedia, metrosexuals, Hannah Montana, low carbs, ADHD, The Da Vinci Code, Jared the Subway guy, Craigslist, Bratz, botox, Sudoku, bluetooth, bleached teeth.
We didn't cure the common cold or baldness, as was predicted at the beginning of the decade, but we did learn how to make embryonic stem cells from adult stems cells, thereby potentially curing Parkinson's Disease and spinal cord injuries.
Phinnaeus and Marigold were born into a world where the Internet and all the other advancing technology is part of their lives, and they don't know a world without it. Ask any 12 year-old kid, and you will find out what is on the horizon as far as the latest gadgets and gizmos, and I love it. I think it's wonderful.
As you look back at the past decade, what do you remember the most, and what do you predict for the coming decade?