We live in a world where we can buy sex drugs in pharmacies. A world where we, in fact, had videophones and then discarded them as boring. I look back at the science fiction I grew up with and it all featured videophones. Hilariously, the 70s British TV series Space: 1999 had everyone carrying around handsets that were one part black-and-white videophone and one part electronic door-lock wand. As predictions go, that’s not one you’d really want hanging from your belt. The future isn’t dead. We simply overtook it — and then shot off into new territory that we don’t have the maps for yet.

Warren Ellis: The future isn’t dead. We simply overtook it. (Wired UK)