The future is here, at the Delta Airlines terminal at La Guardia in NYC.
I've been to lots of airports lately, but this is way, way new: the restaurants, retail shops and gate waiting areas are filled with identical, individual kiosks equipped with Apple iPods and charging outlets.
I'm sitting with my wife at a table for two, having breakfast, peering at her over the tops of two iPads set in the middle of the table. I order my breakfast on the iPad, I pay for it with a swipe of a credit card, and when I touch the Internet feature on the iPad my flight comes up with information.
In other words, without much difficulty this iPad could regurgitate every fact of my life connected to my credit cards. So far, it can't read my mind.
All around me, couples are eating breakfast with iPads in between their gazes. It's disconcerting. It's real.
Since cell phones transformed my life, I've wandered airport departure areas looking for electrical outlets. Here at LGA, Delta has embraced a solution, using recharge outlets combined with iPads to provide a glimpse of the future: wired, aware, connected and assuming that our bottomless attraction to information will always trump our unfathomable natures.
Everyone is going somewhere. And if you have lost your way, all flight paths will get you there.