We’re one week out from the iPad ship date, but Adam Lisagor nailed it back on February 6:
What we want from our technology, in its most elemental form, is
to make our thoughts happen. Sure, it’s still very much sci-fi
in 2010, but what every calculating machine and telephone and
computer and phonograph and light bulb and hammer and every tool
ever invented is about at its core is our desire, our evolutionary
imperative to control our environment at our will. And we’re
getting closer and closer to that happening.