Yeah, in reality, Steve Jobs, was NOT the inventor of the pad computer; he just stole the idea and "Apple-ized" it.
Wasn't that Jobs' entire business platform?
Actually that could probably describe the entire hi-tech industry.
As for future technology, I bet computers and entertainment platforms will continue to improve. Everything else like better fuels, transportation methods, energy production, housing, food, and anything else related to human needs, will all depend on if people stop chasing the big bucks and decide that progressing as a species is more important. It may be undude of me to say this (or not, I'm not sure), but if we ever want to progress to what we see in awesome sci-fi paintings, we need to eliminate the social evils of financial inequality and everything that comes with it, like poverty, starvation, homelessness, and the like. How can a culture truly call itself civilized when those are big issues all over the world? Maybe my thinking on this is to uptight?