Title text: 'Welcome to the future! Nothing's changed.' was the slogan of my astonishingly short-lived tech startup.
Megan, disappointed with the pace of technology's improvement (and who isn't, we all thought by this point we would have flying cars and the flying skateboard like in Back to the Future 2 or a hyper technological future like in Blade Runner) decides to cryogenically freeze herself as soon as cryogenics are invented. Cryogenic freezing is the ability to freeze oneself, so that one does not age and doesn't experience the passage of time. It is common in fiction as a useful technology for long space flights or other necessary preservation.
However, to Megan's chagrin, when she wakes up, she is told that all the other scientists and engineers that were fascinated about the future have also frozen themselves, so nothing has been invented while she was frozen. Everyone decides to try again, hoping the situation 30 years later will be different. However, if everyone does the same thing again, the situation will repeat itself and nothing will have changed.
Don't freeze yourself, engineers and scientists! We need your help!
Tech startups (and existing tech companies) often use bold marketing techniques, proclaiming that they are going to 'revolutionize' not only a particular product or service, but every facet of a users lives. One of the cliche phrases used in presentations is "Welcome to the future", implying that their product is the only way forwards, and all others are rendered obsolete. In the title text this cliche is turned on its head, with the company admitting or even positively stating that 'nothing has changed'. Technology by its nature tends to evolve and improve, and thus a tech company which doesn't change will fall further and further behind their competitors, likely ending up going bust.
- [Two people, one of which is staring at a smartphone.]
- Megan: Everyone's carrying sensor-packed, always-connected computers everywhere. That wasn't true ten years ago.
- White Hat: It's all changing too fast, huh?
- Megan: No, too slowly.
- Megan: There's so much potential here. These clumsy, poorly-designed toys are nothing compared to what lies ahead.
- [Megan climbs into a cryogenic chamber.]
- Megan: That's why I've worked to develop cryogenic freezing. I'm gonna skip forward 30 years and use this stuff when it's good.
- 30 years later..
- Someone who isn't Terry: Welcome to the future! Nothing's changed.
- Megan: What? Why??
- [Rows of other people waking up out of their own cryogenic chambers.]
- Cueball: When cryogenic freezing was invented, all the engineers who were excited about the future froze themselves. So there's been no one building anything new.
- Cueball: But they're all waking up now!
- Megan: Sweet! I'm gonna jump forward to see what they do!
- Engineer 1: Me too!
- Engineer 2: Wait, uh, guys?
- This version of Cueball was called either Someone who isn't Terry or just plainly not Terry in the actual transcript by Randall.
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