As a futurist, I spend a surprisingly large amount of time simply helping my clients and audiences see what is already here today.

To put this in a contemporary context consider the photo to the right of Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.), the “brash but brilliant” main character in the upcoming sci-fi thriller Iron Man 3. His head-mounted displayed has a decidedly futuristic look to it, right?

Well, consider this photo of Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, displaying the company’s latest technological gadget, Google Glass.

It may not be quite as cool but it’s a close approximation of Iron Man’s head-mounted display.

What Glass has going for it is that is already in production and is widely expected to be commercially available by the end of 2013.

To me this is yet another example of how the present is catching up with the future.

Who knows you might even be able to watch the next installment of the Iron Man series on your own pair of Google Glasses.

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