Are We Headed Back to the Future?
Ever wonder why none of the newest "technological breakthroughs" are exciting you? Feels like you've been here before, right?
The wrist watch phones, the tablets, the autonomous cars. Cool stuff right? So, how come we aren't impressed. I'll tell you why. It's because we have been here before. Everything that's touted as a new "breakthrough" in technology was first introduced to us in the 1980's.
Is the future what you thought it would be?
Back On Trek
Sure there were comic books, television programs and movies that revolved around the future before the baby boomers started knocking boots, but back then it looked fake. When we saw Marty McFly cruising on a hoverboard, Michael Knight telling KITT to come pick him up and Jean-Luc Picard swiping an iPad, that looked real. Hey 2 out of 3 ain't bad right?
So there's no real hoverboards (don't even mention those crappy Segways with the handlebars ripped off) or flying cars yet but, most of the cool futuristic stuff we saw back in the 80's and early 90's is here. Even though we had a heads up on it, it should still be pretty cool that fantasy has become reality. What gives? Novelty.
The novelty wore off for us before the first iPad hit the assembly line. Sure when the technology dropped most of us went along with the crowd. We ooh'd and ahh'd, but after a year or so most people were handing their iPads off to the kids. For some of you it's probably collecting dust in the corner somewhere. The same goes for the old iphones, Galaxys, Xboxs, etc. Oh there are many factors here beyond the expiration in novelty of course.
For one thing, you have to realize that it's now damn near impossible to hold on to a piece of tech these days for more than 2-3 years before it starts breaking down on you. If you didn't know by now, that's done by design. Believe it or not people are getting tired of that. In addition you have burn out. It's suddenly taking more energy to keep up with the newest devices. Oh yea.
Now add in the fact that some of this stuff is retailing for close to the price your average used car, and I can see a storm coming. I don't care what the numbers say. ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR A PHONE. Ha! You won't get it from me.
Am I sounding like an old man? I'm sorry. Wait, did I mention the correlation between the older and younger millennials on this subject? Well then, let me bite into that right now for ya.
The More Things Change
Above is a picture of a payphone. For those of you too young to remember, this is what you would call a "mobile phone" back in the day. If you were on the street and needed to make a call one of these would never be too far away from you.
Fast forward to the present and I guarantee you that any teenager or young adult would trade the mobile phone capabilities of their smart phone and simple use one of these if given the proper incentive. Hard to believe? Okay, think about this; How many of them actually use their phones for speaking anymore?
You see, the more things change the more they stay the same. At first cellphones were too big, so the cool thing was to make them smaller. That was until they got so small that people wanted them to be bigger again. Now you have people walking around with phones the size of tablets up to their ears soaking in all the luxurious radiation a growing boy, girl, man or woman could ever want. But, along side the onslaught of new gadgets, the kids are still unimpressed. Why?
You have to realize that today's youth not only grew up with the tech of the times, but they have a surprisingly vast knowledge of the same technologically advanced content that we grew up with. You can thank Netflix, Youtube, and big brothers and sisters for that. So in this instance we are united. United in our boredom. "WE" are not impressed.
That All Ya Got?
All of the so called visionaries and geniuses out there and what do we have to show for it? Nothing. No cure for diseases like AIDS or cancer (as fart as we know), no flying cars, and people are still homeless and dying of hunger all around the world. Oh, but the new iPhone has animal emojis and the new Galaxy Note has an even BIGGER SCREEN.
How about a goddamn battery that lasts long enough to power all the extra crap you keep putting on there? Huh? This is a joke. Wake up people.
Everything we've seen peddled as "new" in the last twenty years or so has been a re-hash. Drip drip. When will people stop playing along and financing this charade so we can get in the lab and start taking the next step in or evolution. This ain't it. A damn bigger screen and better camera can not be the crowning achievements of the next century. What a shame. Wake me up when someone invents a way for us to "live long and prosper".
"Memories are the key not to the past, but to the future."
-Corrie Ten Boom