On The Nature of Technological Progress

Next week will be the 10th anniversary of the attacks of September 11th, 2001.

At that time, the only way people knew about the attacks was through traditional broadcast media; TV and radio.
Today, when momentous events occur the first notice of them is produced by citizens who broadcast news of the event over the Internet; through Facebook or Twitter or YouTube.

10 years ago, none of that existed. 10 years ago, the Internet was there but most people did not use it, nor did they have convenient, fast access to it.

Today, we have pocket-sized super-computers that also make phone-calls. Today, people are assumed to have Internet access; not only access but fast, always-on and convenient access.

In the last 10 years, we, society, have embraced so much technological change we dont even think about what it was like without it.

10 years ago next week, we were told “the world has changed.”

They didnt know the half of it. What were you doing the first time you had convenient access to fast Internet?
Or you got your first “smart” phone?

Can you really imagine your life without the gadgets you use now?