The technology we have today is amazing.
We have more computing power in our hands than Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 astronauts had to get to the moon, or Alan Turing created at Bletchley Park to help defeat the Third Reich. We are always looking at what the next big thing wil be, what gizmo will we next all be clamouring for. Is it going to be Google Glass or smartwatches, what are we all going to going gaga over?
Yet do I need all this gadgetry around me, in what quantifiable way does my iPod make my life better. Do I see people less because I am so busy keeping in touch on Facebook? My mobile helps me keep in touch, not just with people (who are now ‘contacts’) but with football scores, and my location and how many people are reading this. I thought I could never live without my Sky+ box. It was as essential as the dishwasher. Now I have neither I don’t miss them.
A computer has been my closest friend for 15 years. However the face of my friend has changed every other year and the old one cast aside. I cannot say a piece of technology is essential if it is easily replaced surely? Blu-Ray replaced DVD that replaced VHS, mp3 replaced CD that replaced tape that replaced vinyl. Anything that depends on electricity I could do without, and it would probably make mine and everyone’s lives better.
Every new piece of technology that comes out forms an orderly queue to obsolescence until the next big thing arrives. Where are the walkmans, cd players, minidisk or even iPods gone? We rush to buy shiny and new when sometimes old and trusted is good enough.
It seems that all technology that existed 100 years ago has been replaced, apart from one. The book. That is one technology I do love, and even with ‘better’ replacements available I love it for it’s simplicity.
The Kindle may have given us the ability to take a library with us, and textbooks are becoming ever more digital, but is it really better than a stack of paper in your hand? When the battery runs out on a Kindle you can no longer read, and what about when your plane is getting ready for takeoff? A book has no threat to whatever fragile piece of electronics are on modern planes.
The humble, boring, simple, book. Not yet improved upon.
You’ve been granted magical engineering skills, but you can only use them to build one gadget or machine. What do you build?
Source: World’s Best Widget