Friday, April 27, 2012

Living In The Future

Who doesn't, from time to time, wonder what the future will hold? What amazing things will be created, technologies and inventions which will become part of our daily lives...so much so that we'll then forget at one point they could have only existed in our wildest dreams.


When I grew up in Nome, the only technology in my life was a radio which broadcast two local stations and the one telephone attached to a wall in the kitchen. (Not even a simple TV with a channel or two was available.) If I really stretched the phone cord it could extend far enough to allow me to tuck myself away in the bathroom with the door closed, for a private chat with my best friend.

If I stop to compare that to my life today, the contrast is truly astonishing.

This struck me on a late afternoon this past weekend. The kids were reading and I was catching the end of a movie on my iPad, lounging outdoors on the first gloriously warm day of the year. Max came out, sat beside me and asked what the movie was about. Margaret Thatcher. Who? She was the Prime Minister of Britain. Asking more questions I couldn't adequately answer, I paused the movie, searched on her name and was promptly able to find the answer to any question he could possible ask.


Then a text came in, wanting to know if Max was free for something later in the week, to which I promptly responded after opening my calender to confirm there weren't any conflicts.

He wandered off, and I finished up the end of the movie and then checked my mail before heading back in to start dinner. (Now, if only such devices could also whip up a delicious meal - I'd be delirious.)

All on a simple little tablet weighing nearly nothing. I walked into the house waving it at my husband, saying "I LOVE this thing!! If I had wanted to know something about someone when I was Max's age I would have had to open the encyclopedia! I can't imagine how insane it would have been to have access to something like this, with all it can do and give you access to. I couldn't have imagined."

So, I swear...I'm living in the future. 

16 comments :

  1. When you consider this it is really amazing. I think it explains why people love the iPad and iPhone so much: Once you start using it then it is second nature and then you can't live without it. It really is amazing....

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  2. Yes, all the latest & greatest techy tools are wonderful, making our lives easier.
    But they also have a dark side.
    (Debbie Downer here)...
    I don't think families talk to us as much because they have their faces pressed onto a screen all the time. Kids & parents.
    And don't get me started on folks who use them while driving.

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  3. Mary,

    I completely agree, texting etc while driving is a huge issue with me. I can't tell you how many times I've noticed a car speeding towards me with the drivers head faced down, not paying attention to the road. If you text or use the phone while driving you are at an extremely higher rate of having an accident. And most likely it will involve someone innocent.

    Lack of face to face communication: Another pet peeve. We have pretty firm rules around here for when devices need to be turned off so that personal interaction remains a key priority.

    The thing is, with smart use, technology can truly enhance one's life without taking away from the things that are most important. The key is to know when to unplug.

    My sermon for the day!

    Janell

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  4. I agree that the use of technology can really enhance your life as long as one is responsible for when it is being used. So many accident are caused by drivers texting, it is just irresponsible. However, I also feel that the world is at your finger tips with the use of these new technologies. We have to make sure that our families still communicate (especially teenagers) and not misuse these gadgets, I think it is great progress!

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  5. I agree that the use of technology can really enhance your life as long as one is responsible for when it is being used. So many accident are caused by drivers texting, it is just irresponsible. However, I also feel that the world is at your finger tips with the use of these new technologies. We have to make sure that our families still communicate (especially teenagers) and not misuse these gadgets, I think it is great progress!

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  6. Janell I can totally realte to you with the radio not to mention the phone which is mostly found in business establishment and not in everybody's home.Growing up in third world country ( Phillipines) I can go on and on :)
    I can still remember going to post office just to send letter to a friend living about 40 miles away.
    Now being overseas everyone was just a click away.
    What strike me the most is when I was younger and reading a new word I would grabbed my Mom's vintage Britannia World Dictionary to have a better understanding and learned proper pronounciation of that seems unfamiliar words.
    It is indeed this new generation was privilege enough.
    Have a great weekend!

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  7. Oh, yes! I have praised that tablet a million times. But it's the encyclopedia comment that got me. I grew up in a family where every night at dinner some question would come up and my dad would walk to the bookcase to take the appropriate encyclopedia off the shelf to look it up. I miss that. I keep telling my hubby that the kids need to learn how to look things up in books and he just laughs at me. I long for real pages!

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  8. I agree -when you don't have to call someone to even order a pizza - you are living in the future. I'm still anti those book reader things - but I love the iPad for all other things. I'll just never be a an e-reader kinda girl- give me a book with pages or give me death! ;) Though for helping with homework reports and things - that thing is a lifesaver! What did you think of that movie? I've yet to see it.

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  9. I'm with you on the topic of books, my husband asks "why don't you just download it" when ordering a book to read. Because, a book isn't a book if you aren't turning the pages!

    The movie, it wasn't what I expected, I enjoyed it but it wasn't as good as I had thought it would be.

    Janell

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  10. It was so funny to read this. Just last night, my son asked what year Abraham Lincoln was killed. I couldn't remember, so we Googled it. Then, my hubby and I started explaining to the kids how, when we were kids, we'd have to ride our bikes to the library and use an encyclopedia to find the answer. It took a lot longer to get homework done in those days!

    Becca

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  11. Agreed, I love my iPad, although I find limitations, and can't do Olioboard on it, besides showing a finished board, but Im navigating thru it! What an advancement.
    I guess you have netflix on yours? I don't have that yet.
    Happy Weekend Janell,
    Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

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  12. The best thing, by far, is the ability to get an answer for anything! I don't know how I survived without it.

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  13. Always love reading your fabulous blog on my iPad (in between checking weather, movie listings, calendar, mail, downloaded photos, making a shopping list, etc- all the while sitting by the outdoor fireplace with a glass of wine and helping my kids on homework with instant answers. If you have ever read the book, Goodnight Moon, to your children...then you need to check out the hilarious book Goodnight iPad!

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  14. Ah, Goodnight Moon, that was a favorite! Someone sent me a link to Goodnight iPad, everyone here got a kick out it. And...you are certainly working that iPad! :)

    Janell

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  15. How really cool and amazing that you grew up in Nome...wow, it must be weird now, but, it is for all of us of a certain age...!! ;-))

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  16. Love the new look here.....and I do love my ipad. It kind of replaced my laptop......but I still need the desktop for blogging :)

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