Ahhh…Technology my old friend

3 May

In 2003, William Gibson was quoted in The Economist stating ‘the future is already here’.  That was eight years ago and look how far technology has brought us.

Towards the end of last year, I read an article about Apple’s plan to allow television to be delivered over the internet in such a way that we may all have one in our living rooms very soon.

There’s no doubt that Apple will develop something that will revolutionise the way we traditionally understand the ‘television set’ – just as they transformed the way we use our mobile phones (through iPhones), tablet computers (through iPads) and music (through iTunes).  This signals the end of the ‘television set’ as we have come to know and love it.

For those digital refugees out there, I’ve been reflecting on the things that we have grown up with but are becoming passe and why:

  1. Letterboxes (people relying on email/text/twitter)
  2. Fixed phone lines (everybody has a mobile phone)
  3. Retirement (people are continuing to work with computers/laptops blurring the line between work and leisure time, and not needing to be in the ‘office’ to be working)
  4. Login (turning phone on and all the information is there)
  5. Car keys (sensor locks)
  6. Wallets (credit card details can be on the iphone, as well as virtual cash)
  7. Television sets (replaced by ipad/iphone/computers/ Internet television ITV)
  8. Job certainty (globalisation)
  9. Diaries (iphones)
  10. Cash (ATM’s, credit cards)
  11. DVD, CD’s (replaced by ipads/laptops/computers/ITV)
  12. Bricks and mortar schools (replaced by e-learning, distance education)
  13. Retail shops (replaced by online shopping)
  14. Post Office (virtual communications)

The world students are growing up in is very different to the world we experienced. I think our students less digital natives and more digital refugee.  I think it’s important to reflect on this and how ubiquitous technology is in their lives yet they are yet to grasp the full power of it.

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One Response to “Ahhh…Technology my old friend”

  1. don May 9, 2013 at 4:59 am #

    As a fifty year old IT specialist who is ‘too experienced’ for the ‘junior positions’ on offer, I find your comment on retirement to be very ironic. It may be that the lucky can work on as long as they want, but a lot of people – even those who work with – used to work with – computers – won’t even get the opportunity to work until retirement age. Much less after that.
    Also – most people do not work with computers.

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