Look, I am obviously a big fan of shortcuts, but there if there is one thing we as a society need to give up on, it is the expedited ripening of the avocado. This isn't just like, my opinion, man; Cook's Illustrated feels the same way.
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.