Technology has been changing in such a manner over the past decade that you could compare it to being on roller skates with jet engines that were designed for the next stealth fighter. You think you’ve got control of things when suddenly you fully realize that you must have missed something along the way.
Less than a decade or so ago telecom companies had multi-story buildings housing the cross bar switches necessary to keep their customers connected to each other. Now, digital switches, like the Cisco and HP Procurve equipment we work with every day, can support the network for an entire building. These units are slightly smaller than a typical desktop computer and they are housed in what used to be the “central office” facility of yesteryear. Digital and optic equipment now rule the communications industry, as opposed to .
Stop for just a moment a realize that the smart phone you now carry has more computing power than the recently retired space shuttle enjoyed when it was designed. Not surprisingly, however, is the realization that very few of us utilize all the amazing features contained within the devices we carry with us nearly everywhere we go. The tiny dual core processor is just cruising along at idle compared to what it is capable of doing.
The true success of technology isn’t the availability, it’s the capability. Most of us hardworking, dedicated people simply haven’t kept pace with all that is available to us. Sure – many are superb multi-taskers but we need to learn to be even more efficient in how we utilize technology. We need to use it to make our lives less stressed-not more.
Newer technologies have converged in ways never expected and this trend is just going to continue. Telephone from our cable provider, legacy broadcast channels coming from satellites, not ground-based antennas. Watch TV on our phone. Now, move over Dick Tracy and Captain Kirk…our coveted smart phones are melding into our wrist watches, or should it be called our wrist communicator? Samsung, Google and some other companies are moving in that direction right now, and you don’t even need Google Glass to read it.
It used to be that technology’s progress toward complete portability was limited by getting batteries small enough and strong enough to power our devices. Problem solved! Now we can take our nifty thingies with us. Just grab a handy new terabyte memory stick/card and nearly all we know can go with us!
Perhaps in the future we need to learn the lessons from the past. Technology can be intrusive. Use it properly.