To me that is the germ of every good Science Fiction story. In my early years, we didn't have microwaves, cell phones or remote controlled televisions. Hell, I was my father's remote control. :-) My childhood was filled with wonderous events and inventions. I remember watching Neil Armstrong as he first set foot on the moon. Or the evolution of computers as they shrank from huge room filling machines to what we have now.
I like to let my imagination wander as to where mankind will be in the future. Think about it....it was just over 150 years ago when the Confederate and Union soldiers were fighting it out with muskets and bayonets. Where will we be 150 from now?