Leo and I live in the future
Yesterday Leo (9) and I were on Messenger, using video, he wasMadrid and I was in Miami. We were having a long conversation as he walked around Madrid doing different things. I was doing my work. So we were virtually together for quite a while, happy the other person was there, sometimes silently. At some point Leo said to me. “Dad, aren’t you glad we live in the future and you and I can do this?” My reply surprised him. I told him that for a long time I had been disappointed about the future. Fabrice Grinda and I debated this subject around 6years ago. He disagreed and was the first person who alerted me that the future we were promised was finally arriving. When I was at university in the 80s we believed that by the year 2000 so much would be different, revolutionary, but it wasn´t. But over the last 4 years, I realized, that the future that we were promised in the 80s haf finally arrived. Prelude Fertility, my new company that is focused on helping people have healthy babies and whenever people are ready, involves two technologies, vitrification and genetic sequencing of embryos. These innovations were not available a few years ago. Fon and others, we have blanketed the world with WiFi making it easier and cheaper for hundreds of millions to connect. Tablets and smartphones have reached the masses. Driverless cars are already going around the streets and while they may not fly as we thought, they are radical. CRISPR has given us a real chance to gain control of evolution and my belief is that we will use this tool wisely, as we now use genetically modified food. Living in a connected world is enabling us to stay in touch emotionally and intellectually with the rest of the planet. The app economy has given us knowledge and comfort in the palm of our hands, almost as a second arm and a second brain, always with us. Hyperloop is doing away with the connection between speed and the sound barrier by getting rid of the atmosphere at sea level. Recently Project Starshoot who plans to send nano spacecrafts into space at speeds that were unimaginable recently has left me in awe. So yes, I am very glad Leo that we finally live in the future. And while nothing will replace the hug I would love to give you, following you around Madrid today, made me feel very close to you.