I’ve grown up as technology has evolved. I’ve been able to see the rate at which it changes and expands. While I may be typing on the same laptop I started using in college a over decade ago, I’ve watched the technology around me make incredible advancements. I like to think I’ve been able to experience the best of both worlds, as when I was a child technology was a VHS player, and now children have their own personal tablet where they can watch anything they want.
I’ve seen video rental stores turn from carrying VHS to DVD, to no longer existing as mail order and vending rentals have become the way to watch newly released films. That’s if people even bother with a physical movie, the way I see it streaming is the way to go, easy and doesn’t take up any space. I even remember a short stint with laser discs, which were essentially record sized DVDs.
I’ve seen the same for music. As a kid we listened to the radio, or some of my parent’s records. I even had a record of the Cabbage Patch Kids soundtrack, and my sister and I would put that on the record player and dance around while they recorded us on the video camera. After that, tapes were the way to go when we wanted to listen to music, then CDs, and then we’d download music onto our computers and burn our own CDs. Now we can listen to downloaded music anytime anywhere, and internet radio introduces us to new music based on what we already like.
I was lucky as a child, my parents were into the very first computers way back in the mid nineties. When I was little, we used them to play games, that then became learning games as we learned to spell with the help of Reader Rabbit and Word Blaster, and then in school our typing improved with the help of Mavis Beacon. I watched as computers had monitors the size of a microwave and separate computer towers the practically the size of the Barbie Dream House. They then evolved into the big round Apple computers that were turquoise or orange, and combined the monitor and computer into one giant desk consuming monstrosity. They keep shrinking, and my laptop now is as thick as a textbook, but modern ones are about half the thickness.
The same can be said about cell phones, televisions, vehicles, and so much more. Technology has changed at such an infinite rate, that even the technology last year is obsolete for some things. I had a loaner vehicle that I got that locked and unlocked with a button on the door that just knew when I was nearby from having the key in my pocket. I can’t even imagine what is in store for what comes next, and science fiction movies really don’t seem all that farfetched. I’m excited to see what is on the horizon.