And then I thought of predictions, because most predictions (cough*dvorak*and*other*magazine*hacks*cough) are pretty pointless. In 5 years we'll have 500gig USB 4.0 sticks for a tenner. Two-and-a-half-inch form 7mm SSDs will run $80 for 8TB. And we'll mostly load them with funny pictures of cats.
But DNA... I think what's going to happen first are some breakthroughs which allow determining shit like skin and eye colour. And then small and quick jumps to give height, propensity for obesity (which, combined with region, will give 95% confidence rate).
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Here's the kicker: the big breakthroughs will come from some Twitter/Yelp-like system which is the equivalent of, say, a cross between today's Google Maps & CanHazCheezburger, with some reddit & instagram for funsies. Some asshole will make WhoDaFuqWuzHearDotCom, picking up random shit from the street, sampling any avai DNA and posting generated models of said passer-by. The comments sections will be filled with amateur Anon-rejects trying to outsleuthrownie points.
You read it here first. I would be thankful that I'm unlikely to be alive for the amount of technological advance this would require but considering that we can photograph atom shells, my kid is unlikely to even be in high school before this ones sees the light.
I'm back to listening to some King's X. You might want to, as well. I wonder if Imminent Whelp will prefer Dug, Jerry & Ty to the Peter Gabriel habit MNP brought upon the DogPound.
G'night Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are.
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