In January 1982, Mr. Robert W. Lucky began writing monthly columns for IEEE Spectrum. He would contribute valuable insights and musings on different trends in technology, keeping his readers on their toes for a good 37 years. Sadly, this January 2020 issue will be his last regular article for the magazine.

When I became an IEEE member some 3-4 years ago, gaining access to the digital print version of the magazine, his column - in spite being merely one page long - was always an attention-grabber with its witty title (fellow readers will know). Take for example this unforgettable one from July 2017: Technological Distraction, an article I partly drew inspiration from while writing this EEWeb post: https://www.eeweb.com/profile/justin-spencer-mamaradlo/articles/the-impact-of-modern-consumer-electronics-on-the-framework-of-society
In it, he shows his vast knowledge on a menagerie of disparate topics (how can one be so familiar with the behavior of squirrels?). Each paragraph is terse, thought-provoking, and straight-to-the-point, bound to keep the reader's eyes glued to the page - the complete antithesis of my writing style. And we haven't even brushed on his impeccable play with collocating words! (admittedly, my lexical resource pales in comparison)

More about Mr. Lucky here: https://www.nae.edu/115614/Robert-W-Lucky

Now, onto his January 2020 article: "Back to the Elusive Future"

Perusing through the text proved an onerous endeavor, as my mind kept meandering in wonder. 
Why have I never published an article with a title as bad-ass as this one?
After a vigorous shake in the head, I shifted my focus back to Bob's words. What did he mean by going back to an elusive future? Was he furtively able to surpass Dr. Emmett Brown, holding his silence over a pending patent?

As I read on, the point he wanted to make hit me hard on the face. So hard it gave me an idea for the title of this article. He made the rarely mentioned assertion that engineers were mostly wrong about emerging technologies! It was a shared observation no one with an ego the size of mine would be able to confess to. But he did, and that is coming from a man with a plethora of achievements in life, which all the more deepens my respect and admiration for him. Engineers do not have an omnipotent crystal ball that can dictate the next click for generations to come. What they have at best is a myriad of working hypotheses where they can base their predictions on, but that's pretty much it. The world is full of ambiguous factors and influences effectuated by 7 billion people, clouding the pathway ahead in an insurmountable opaque mist. Yet such mystery offers exciting anticipation, something to look forward to in this new decade.