The rest of the world has passed us by on many technology fronts.
I attended a conference the other day, and the so-called panel of "experts" was asked what innovations they see coming in the near future in the general consumer-electronics field. One of the panelists claimed that people will soon be able to make video calls from their cell phones.
HELLO! People have been doing this for a long time outside the U.S. I made my first video call in Europe about a year ago, and did a similar call in Hong Kong (with more than acceptable quality) last Fall.
Not wanting to embarrass the speaker in public, I asked him later to elaborate on his comments. He was surprised that this technology was already available overseas. Even in our ever-shrinking world, we tend to live in a vacuum, not knowing that the rest of the world has passed us by on many technology fronts. Cellular service ranks right up there at the top of the list.