Dude, where’s my Hover board?
The most amazing thing I could imagine growing up was having the ability to watch any movie ever made, anytime.
Sure, flying cars and all that would be great too, but I’m a realistic type of guy. I knew that once technology got to that point where streaming huge files straight to your living room was possible, our society would be at an exciting turning point. Flash forward to today. I have hundreds of TV channels and with the addition of my Apple TV, iTunes, Netflix, Hulu and the like, I’m pretty darn close.
Being a big movie fan, my vision of the future may not have been that exciting to most. However I knew that once technology could handle that sort of thing, the sky would be the limit. With the viral speed of social media, the internet and technology at large, our society and culture are changing at a rapid pace. It helps sometimes to take a little walk down memory lane…
• Believe it or not, there was a time not so long ago where you actually could go 20 minutes without looking at your phone.
• Companies could wait until the morning news cycle to react to negative PR.
• You didn’t know what most of your high school classmates were up to… and you didn’t care.
• When you took a picture, you didn’t know how it turned out right away… and the anticipation was actually kind of cool.
• If you wanted one song from a band, you had to buy their entire album.
• If you wanted some “Face Time” with someone, you had to go see them in person.
• “3D printing” usually just meant there was a paper jam.
• If you wanted to write you had to be a real writer… now any goofball can call themselves a columnist. (See byline)
I’m excited to be living right now in a time of such innovation and change. I’m also equally anxious about what the future has in store… like flying cars and hover boards! More realistically my hope is that in the next decade everyone has access to the internet. Access to information is key. Beyond that, with sites such as Kiva, we’re just beginning to see the potential of how the web can better connect the world and inspire positive change.
Also I hope “The Bachelor” is off the air. Enough already.