In 2009, Louis C.K., a comedian known for tackling politically charged subjects from gay marriage to white privilege, went on Conan O’Brien and delivered one of his most famous impromptu sermons:

Now, we live in an amazing, amazing world, and it’s wasted on the crappiest generation of just spoiled idiots that don’t care because — this is what people are like now, they got their phone, they’re like, “[imitates someone thumbing a BlackBerry] Ugh! It won’t…” Give it a second! It’s going to space! Can you give it a second to get back from space? It’s the speed of light!

The comedian elaborated on the video in an interview later that year on Opie & Anthony: “The thing is that people expect things… people think it’s in the Constitution that they just have a clear signal without any interruptions.”

I’ll be the first to admit that there are much, much more pressing global problems at the moment than the accuracy of your phone’s GPS signal, or the economics of flying cars. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t keep pushing the boundaries of what’s possible.