Imagine being able to take your current phone, step into a time machine and travel back to the 80s. Right about the time the first few video games were being released and gamers were marvelling at the sheer magnificence of the green block moving towards the blue block.
Would they even begin to fathom that your phone was not only a communication device, but likewise had instant, unchecked access to virtually all the knowledge of humanity? It also fits into your pocket, takes high-resolution photos, and can store tens of thousands of songs.
What is this black magic they would shriek, and string you up, burn you at the stake, and have your ashes buried under a church, just in case. I like to think that this is only a mild exaggeration. The point is that now, just about nothing surprises me as far as technological advancements are concerned. When items such as the Bose Sleepbuds come along, with just about no significant fanfare, it is proof that technology really is entering onto a new level.
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The Magical Becomes Mundane
Mobile device super computers are no longer impressive, so why would wireless, ambient noise blocking earbuds be anything but just another minor blip on the radar? Those witch hunters from the 80s would stand around gawking at them for hours, attempting to comprehend how these little things that fit into your ears possibly have enough battery to last two full nights, transmitting relaxing sounds, and still even somehow acting as an alarm clock.
They are about as perfect a demonstration as could be hoped for of extremely impressive technology somehow becoming mundane, as the world is ever more inundated with next level devices at an alarming rate. But they don’t even play music, the ungrateful of today will say, probably those that weren’t around to see a 90s phone. No, they don’t, they play 10 different soothing sounds, continuously, and are small enough to fit into your palm. Where do they get the battery life?!
You’re still not impressed? Do spend an hour or two properly experiencing a Commodore 64, and try grasp what has occurred in terms of technology evolution over the course of a single lifetime.
Tech Is Cheaper
As the world has become accustomed to new and amazing devices, those devices have become cheaper, and easier than ever before to develop. In this day and age platforms like Kickstarter offer incredible opportunities for the average Joe with an interesting idea to make something a reality. Plus, of course, it need not even be mentioned that being tech savvy has become an accepted norm, as opposed to a specific skill.
But tech savvy becoming standard is, likewise, a case of pros with cons, as already said. To the tech savvy the magical really is mundane, and truly special things could well be forgotten and lost by the wayside, despite being a miracle just a few decades ago.
What is required to impress the new tech savvy generations, however, is what keeps the evolution steaming ahead at full speed. Which is certainly something to be excited about.