Technology Of The Future

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Technology Of The Future

When I was in high school, we didn’t have personal computers and our phones were wired to the wall. I remember when rotary dial phones were the norm and push button was considered advanced. It was considered cool if your phone cord was long enough to go from the kitchen to another room.

We wrote letters with pencil and paper, and we mailed them with a 15 cent stamp.

We made coffee in a percolator.

We took a typing class, yet now I can’t even remember the last time I saw a typewriter. Heck, we thought cassette tapes were very advanced technology, but we preferred the sound of a real record that we played on our stereo and bragged about the quality of the needle we used. And yes, we really did take our film in to be developed, never dreaming that one day it would be an outdated practice.

When you pick yourself off the floor from laughing about how old I am, keep in mind, how fast technology has grown in just the last 30 years.

Each decade has brought us somewhere we never dreamed we could go.

10 years from now, will we look back and crack up about all the cables we tried to organize under our desks? Will cables be a thing of the past?

Will our kids remember what a dial up connection was?

Will we one day insert microchips into newborn babies and wonder how previous generations didn’t think it was okay?

Will our grandchildren see pictures of our cell phones and wonder how we got by with such simple technology?

What do you think the technology of the future will bring to us? Will it add to our lives? Or, will something be lost along the way?


J. Cricket Walker of


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  2. Stephen KingStephen King04-13-2011

    I remember most of that. I remember a fax machine being new tech, and the Internet in green and black being too hardcore techie for many, including me at first. Most sites started with ftp:// back then. And the VGA/Beta wars were marvelous to behold.

  3. stonestone04-13-2011

    Heck, I can’t hardly remember dial-up…
    I read a lot of tech fiction, and while plugging my brain in for a charge of electricity sounds like something I’d be all about, if I wasn’t so afraid of letting the doctors install the necessary… I can’t make myself believe that we’ll ever interface with our computers using implants, any more than I could make myself believe that we’d be on other planets or star systems back when I was a kid in school… Matter of fact, I still have an outstanding bet with a friend that was certain we’d be in space…
    Seems we advance so far, and hit a wall, and find some other focus…

    Oh… and I do remember the last time I saw a typewriter… Everytime I watch the movie Naked Lunch!

  4. Doc SheldonDoc Sheldon04-13-2011

    HAH! You think you’re old, kid?

    Pup! 😛

  5. DebDeb04-13-2011

    When I graduated from high school, gas and cigarettes were the same price, 30 cents a gallon and 30 cents a pack. I smoked back then, when I was young and stupid. I took a typing class in high school on a manual typewriter, and remember how excited I got when I saw my first IBM Selectric. Eight inch floppy drives, head crashes, and sending punched tape messages on teletype machines.I also remember scoffing at the Internet…my bad 🙂

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  7. ElaineElaine04-13-2011

    I remember a lot of that stuff. I also remember how proud I was the first time I made a *color* graphic in Basic, and how big of a deal it was to have to go buy a 5.25″ floppy disk of my own for class. That was big bucks!

    I believe that for the most part we will use technology for good. But we are already losing something in the process. When I see people sitting in a car together, all but the driver doing something on their phone rather than talk to the people sitting right next to each other, it makes me sad. Kids just aren’t as good at face-to-face interaction because they don’t have to do it as often. But I don’t think we will be putting microchips in babies anytime soon. Most people are too opposed to anything that radical yet. Eventually, perhaps, but I don’t think it will be widespread in my lifetime.

  8. Jim GillumJim Gillum04-13-2011

    When I was a kid…a computer would not fit in a car…….
    If you could afford one….
    Private individuals did not own them…..
    Because they could not do the punch cards…lol

  9. S EmersonS Emerson04-14-2011

    (opens closet door and checks) Just saw my electric typewriter!

    (opens another closet door and checks) Still have my rotary phone for when the power dies!

    (turns around and looks up) Still have a banker’s box with letter writting stationary in it.

    Think I need to have an antiques sale! Still have most of that other stuff around here too!

    Stephen, the fax is still plugged in and was used just last week. (smiles)

    Thanks for making me feel old (not as old as Doc though) Cricket.

  10. GlennetteGlennette04-14-2011

    “Will cables be a thing of the past?”

    Please oh please let this one come true!!!

    I remember when my Mom first got the internet (dial-up). She asked me “Will my phone ring every time I get an email?” LOL

    Glennette Goodbread, Owner
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  11. KaiKai04-16-2011

    Hah – I’m not as old as some of that technology, and even *I* remember it. Up until I was 21, I wrote my short stories on a regular typewriter – it taught me discipline, and the sparse use of the delete key. I think I learned to type faster on a regular keyboard on a laptop but not by much.
    mind some of my freinds give me a funny look when I tell them I remember dialing into BB boards 😉

  12. SandiSandi04-16-2011

    I remember my first computer – a Commodore 64. And what did I do with it – not really sure, but that was the start of my programming passion.
    And I agree with Glennette about the cables! Got rid of my pc and went to laptop. Couldn’t stand to see all those cables that were connected to ‘must haves’!

  13. Karen BainKaren Bain04-16-2011

    From Double Kodak Paper Prints ~ to hundreds of digital photos stored on the internet, or on CDs stacked up to the moon. My first computer was bigger then my side-by-side fridge, (just joking) to my Android which I now use more then my computer. What a ride. And please count me in on the “how the heck is it the we are not, like, totally wireless already?”

  14. Cindy J GuziakCindy J Guziak04-20-2011

    I DEFINITELY want the micro-chip! Why should we have to stop and have someone “check out” what we chose to buy? If I leave the store with it, charge it to my account!

    (Same applies to bus passes, parking stubs, entering the gym, heck — walking into Disney World!)

  15. ScripManScripMan04-24-2011

    Showing what a youngster you are. 15 cents to mail a letter! It will never go that high. Sadly I recall nickle stamps.

  16. Jim TsapJim Tsap04-26-2011

    Nothing is for free. Technology will surely add many things in our live… but it will also take many things from us. The major thing that we surely loose is the simplicity of life. The constant interconnection and interaction with the digital world will be the most time of the day. So how simple will be then, to enjoy a walk at the park?

  17. ShirnaShirna08-29-2011

    technologies are changing fast these years into unimaginable and unbelievable inventions….they take us far….can remember also how i love my cassette tapes played into my simple old radio….now i have learned to love playing cd’s (from cassette) to a dvd (from radio)…..

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