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  • When I was in second grade, at age seven, we were reading in our "Weekly Reader's," ( a small school children's publication), about robots and the future. This was all very exciting! The future? Robots and robotics? Even the words seemed futuristic and very enticing to me! I am in my mid-fifties now and thinking back I can still feel the excitement and curiosity I felt that day while discussing the subject!

    Our teacher said to us, "Class, I want you all to think of the future, and think about anything you would want to see in the future. There are no limits, even if you think it could not be possible, I want each of you to write down at least one idea that you may have for the future." We did it right then and there! We all got to work writing down our ideas. Our wishes for things we wanted to see become real. This was very serious stuff. I remember thinking very hard about this.

    At the time, I had just discovered books and loved to read! I was reading everything I could get my hands on. My parents would soon buy us a set of the World Book Encyclopedia, so we could quench some of that curiosity and search for answers to those pressing questions only a seven or eight-year-old could have, that were not to be answered by the parents of our time.

    I wrote down that my idea for the future was a big wrist watch that had a small square screen where I could have access to any information I wanted at any time. I was thinking that it would be like carrying a library or an encyclopedia on my wrist! I wanted to be able to ask any question I wanted and have it answered right away! This was the idea that I had dug out of my wildest seven-year old imagination! Now, here I am in my future! I am still awestruck by the Internet, and I am still as curious, and maybe even more, then when I was seven years old! I ask questions every day, and the answers are at my finger tips. From what I've read, the internet will soon be available on a wristwatch-size device. Whatever we can imagine, even in our wildest dreams, can be! Use your imagination!
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