I've been thinking about the future and we have a few threads discussing the future of mirrorless here and on our sister forums. But prognostication is often futile. Remember how everybody thought we'd be in flying cars before the turn of the millenia? And there were many other fails, lol. I have a copies of the Life Library of Photography from 1972 and one of the volumes is called "Frontiers of Photography" and I'd like to quote a few predictions from that book to show how little we can really tell about the future. I'll do this as a series of posts in this thread. Here's the first couple which discuss the limits of the 35mm SLR for "instant photography" since the photo would be too small to be useful for most things: "What is needed is not so much an instant picture as an instant enlargement. Would such a thing be possible? Apparently it would, the research scientists hint. They do not say how it might work, but some guesses are possible. Perhaps, for example, the printing paper could be made of materials that expand as they dry. Then the picture would stretch to the desired size before the photographer's very eyes." And this one from a discussion with Dr. Land of Polaroid: "And why not an all-purpose film -- from which his camera or his home developer could turn out negatives, transparencies, or prints in either black-and-white or in perfect, faithful color? They would be self-enlarging prints that would expand of their own accord -- at least until the photographer signaled them to stop. Is all this a ludicrous fantasy? 'Not at all,' said Land. 'In fact, it's conservative.' "