When I first conceived the idea for Tag, I had to imagine a time, and a world in which the population would accept having a chip implanted. I could have quite easily positioned that time to be a few years, and a few major terrorist actions from now; instead I chose one hundred years.
A hundred years is roughly three or four generations of a family. If four then the fourth will only just have started. A hundred years is, for most of us, a little more than a life time. To get a grasp on how things might change I went backwards. I looked at how the world was a hundred years ago, so 2009 became 1909.
Back in 1909 Penicillin had not yet been discovered, that would happen 19 years later in 1928.
The US military bought its first plane, for US$30,000, and a young woman, Alice Huyler Ramsey drove across America, from Hell’s Gate to San Francisco, becoming the first woman ever to do so. Of the 3,600 miles of road only 152 were paved. Amongst other obstacles she faced, perhaps the most dangerous was being surrounded, bows drawn, by a group of Native American Indians in Nevada.
Geronimo died in 1909, and the South Pole was mapped, perhaps incorrectly, by Ernest Shacklteton. Both he, and Peary, another Polar explorer, have craters on the moon named after them. Tel Aviv was founded, and the Anlgo-Persian Oil Company, now known as British Petroleum was incorporated.
Having gone through the exercise of transporting myself back in time it was easy to imagine a world, a hundred years from now, in which we can take a holiday on the moon, travel between London and New York in 45 minutes and have done away with the Modern Nation state.
- Frank A. Weil: The Year 3010 Seen From Today (huffingtonpost.com)