I’m not exactly old — I’m 33. I can still remember a time without cell phones. In fact, I remember the first time they came on my radar — I saw a newspaper article where George Wendt was demonstrating them for a crowd. Now, I don’t remember what year that was, probably in the latter half of the 80s, but it was at a time when George Wendt was relevant. That should tell you something.
Nowadays, try and find a young homeless person without a cell phone. It’s harder than you might think.
My point is that, for at least the past 15 years, we’ve been in one of the fastest technology ramp-ups ever. Tell a guy in 1996 that he’d be using the Internet at least 10 hours a day for work, and he probably wouldn’t buy it (remember that the Internet in 1996 wasn’t exactly impressive).
So what’s next? What’s the next huge technological leap we’ll all use without a second thought in 10-15 years that seems crazy today?
Or are we just heading for the Butlerian Jihad?