The march of technology is incessant, it seems, and barring some mega-catastrophe, things are likely to continue at a break neck pace.
Digital cameras have finally gotten to the stage of development that I can afford one and get my creative jollies off running around taking pictures
and editing them on my computer.
Just a few years ago, things were quite different in the world of digital cameras. For instance:
In Orlando, Minolta and Nikon displayed 5-mega-pixel, professional-grade cameras, but most people would be hard pressed to use them since a
5-mega-pixel image could take the better part of a day to upload to the Internet. For most consumers, the ability to post pictures on the Internet is
the driving force behind digital imaging.
Twenty years ago, I'm not sure you could even buy a digital camera. But, you could buy a cell phone:
Although mobile telephones had been around since 1946, it wasn't until the 1980's that the quality of frequency modulated sound, combined with
reasonably priced microprocessors, digital switching, and a final decision on cellular system spectrum combined to make it feasible to offer the first
commercial cellular phone services in the United States.
Technology has driven society from the beginning, but the advent of the industrial revolution has made change a daily challenge as we deal with ever
more complex gadgets that are intended to make life simpler.
Now, you can carry around a $350 dollar device that will hold several million dollars worth of CDs stored on it and can be stolen or lost in a
heartbeat. Ah, simplicity.
When my grandfather was born in 1906, heavier than air flight was in its infancy.
When my father was born in 1928, radio was king and this was a cool ride:
When I was born in 1949, this was what a television looked like and not only was there precious little programming, but most people couldn't afford
Now, there are people in college who can't remember when there wasn't a PC.
By the time my grandfather died in 1980, man had been on the moon several times, air travel was becoming just another form of mass transit and
television had permanently damaged the brains of an entire generation and MTV was still a year away!
What does technology do for you?
I want you to think about it. Think about what your life would be like if you were suddenly transported back to an earlier time and you had to find a
phone booth to make a phone call.
What if you had to wash clothes in one of these?
What if electricity was as rare as it is in rural India?
...1.6 billion people around the globe lack access to electricity and the on-off switches we take for granted.
Think about it. This could be fun.
[edit on 2006/7/31 by GradyPhilpott]