Despite the amazing advances in computer technology made in the last half century, I believe we are living in an age that is the dawn of technology. What seems amazing to us today will pale by comparison in the near future. I have an analogy that we are living in a time that is equivalent to about 50 years after the inventions of the plough and the steam engine. Who could tell back then that they would herald in an industrial revolution?
Hopefully, this time, the revolution will be more egalitarian but it will be different. People with no sight will be able to see, people without limbs will be able to function fully as if they did.
Computers of today are great but they hurt my neck when I sit here too long, and they crash and lose my stuff. Viruses are still let loose, and most people don’t know how to use even a fraction of what they have sitting in front of them. And they are not interested in doing so, cause they’re still hard to use, and they are inconsistent - yes - even Apple’s.
I enjoy teaching people to use computers who have never used them before. The questions I get asked really beg some thought.
Why do I have to click this once, this twice? Why do I have to click this on the typewriter/keyboard and click this on the screen? Why do I have to run this program to do this and another to do that? How do I remember what does what?
Still, we are making progress and most people are able to read my jokes (if not understand my British sense of humour sometimes). And more and more people send me jokes too. Sometimes with pictures, rarely with videos, mostly those I can't show here. Funny, but inappropriate.
Communications have come some way since the break-up of AT&T. Oh wait, they’re back. How did that happen? And why am I paying a ton of money each month for communications that really should be cheap - and fast! It’s neither.
But I think the future will be ok so long as we resist monopolies and push for standards that level the playing field. The situation today is a lot like the railroad barons of the late 19th century - who each built tracks on which only their trains could run. The tracks were a different size.
Dismal eh? Maybe I’ve been sitting at my computer too long. Maybe my repetetive strain is showing up. I think I’ll go and read my Kindle.