It is sort of amazing to think that in a few years - I don't know how many exactly - film and the chemical darkroom will be a so old-fashioned as to be left to just a few practitioners. It may have happened already. Of course, the automobile replaced the horse and carriage - though you can still have that old-fashioned feeling with a ride through Central Park. But since film isn't something that gives you a physical sensation like the horse-drawn carriage - it will mostly be something for collectors and museums.
The docent, an old guy with a laser pointer, will take kids through the darkroom, showing how the ancients mixed chemicals and placed light-sensitive paper in the mixture, watching under a red light as the image appeared. How quaint it will all appear.
I can't say that the sprawl of automobile-laden highways, the bumper-to-bumper traffic has improved the quality of our lives - but maybe it has. The highway of digital images will get just as jammed up - and it will become necessary to have more experts to separate the wheat from the chafe. Well, already - attention spans have become attenuated and there is a kind of digital sprawl that is just as unsightly as urban sprawl. I guess that's progress.
I read an article the other day about doctors who have been experimenting with brain implants that allow patients to control a CRT with their thoughts. So I guess that will be the ultimate gizmo - the ability to send images straight from the "little gray cells." Wireless of course. What will it be called? CTC? (Cortex to Cortex).
Vulcan mind meld? After a while we'll just be like the Cicadas - lying in underground caves for 17 years (they even work on a prime number) - sending messages and images around the world, and then coming up to mate for a few weeks and make weird computer-based music. Progess.