With so many powerful forces in play, technology could hyperaccelerate to the stars with stunning rapidity, or it could stall completely. My expectation is that it will do both, with various technologies proceeding at various rates. The new technologies may be self-accelerating, but they are not self-determining. They are the result of ever renegotiated agreement with society. Because they are so potent, their paths may undergo wild oscillations, but I think the trend will be toward the dynamic middle: much slower than the optimists expect, much faster than the pessimists think humanity can bear.
Adjusting to an atmosphere and new people had its ups and downs. Everybody talked different and it made me feel strange but I quickly adjusted. My first day in school I wanted to fit in. So I thought being a funny or being a class clown would make the children accept me and know me as the funny guy from Detroit. That had its ups and downs. I got in trouble sometimes, but on the other hand I was making friend. As the years passed, I got more comfortable with Virginia and my life as an individual. I started playing sports in middle school and quickly became popular because of my athleticism. My adjustment to my new lifestyle was a slow but patient and rewarding process.