If I had it all figured out -- well, I sure don't yet.
I've got to get to that movie, the hitchhiker. Last year I got the unabridged version of Doug Adams hitchhiker series to reread. Been doing that with alot of series I read years ago. This time I'm keeping the books (getting some of the Asimov books took some looking). My son just finished reading the hitchhiker series. Getting to that movie is on the top of the list of things to do.
Who would I like to meet. That is a strange one. I think it would be fun to have lunch with Woody Allen (just read a book about him, he is an interesting individual). John F. Kennedy always interested me for some reason.
But I think an interesting lunch table would be just an average person from every 50 year slice for the last couple hundred years. 1900-1950, 1850-1900 and so on - say back to the 1600's. Just to sit around and measure the pace of change, to see if it is as exponential as it feels to me now - or if for the last 400 years it has always felt exponential to the people living in that time. Did the people at the turn of the last century feel things were changing as fast we do now. We look back and it all looks "quaint" to us - but to them it was new age. We can list all of the new things and it feels like it is moving really fast, but did it feel that way to them as well.
Think about air conditioning and life before and after. Perhaps that was the biggest life changing event for many people - totally changed the way you lived in a very broad way. Much of our technology changes things in little ways - but air conditioning? Every time I get in an airplane to fly across the country - I think about the people that walked. The airplane -- big time change, very broad. So are our incremental technology changes really that "big"? The advent of networking to the degree it is now is probably a really big change. I can work at home as easily as the office -- that could really change things. Just a decade ago, going on travel typically meant "no work" -- dialup was shaky (and really really slow), laptops couldn't do very much. Going to Europe for me back then was like going into oblivion as I lost the network entirely and had no phone. Today, I get off the plane, have wireless networking and my phone rings.
But I'd really like to fill out the table with people from the next 200/300 years too - now that would be interesting. I want to know where it is all going. How "quaint" will we look to them.
So it is not so much individuals, as just a curiosity about the people. I love coffee table books with old pictures of places I know today - to see how they changed. The only thing that is missing is the thoughts of the people in the picture.