When listening to our guest speaker Rick Schwier, he had so much enthusiasm towards technology and his job! I mean that man is retired and he says now that he does his job as a “hobby” good for him!
I have to admit that I know very little about the history of technology and scholars who have contributed to this world. Basically I just use technology without ever thinking about who is the master mind behind everything. I take things for granted and just use these tools to help with my everyday life.
The other day I helped my mom upgrade to a Smart phone. The first thing she asked was “Where is the instructions?”. I told her there isn’t paper copies of how to work your phone, you need to play around with it or go on the internet to figure it out. She then replied “How do I use the internet?” This little situation made me think of Rick’s first question during his presentation. What is your first memory of technology? I replied with sitting in a computer lab in grade 8 and making sure our fingers were on home row. I asked my mom this question and she said ” In my days we didn’t have computers and we got by just fine!” I then thought about my 4 month old daughter, what will her first memory of technology be? She has so many options around her. Just like I am doing with my mom I am sure she will be teaching me how to use something new and I will say the same thing that my mom did that will totally age me.
The biggest thought that I took away from the presentation is that I should be thinking about where technology has started and where it is going. Our world is at our finger tips and it important to learn from our past and be grateful for what we have today.
What is your first memory of technology? What do you think the next big invention in our technology world will be?