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Will your grand son laugh at you in 2050?

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I stumbled upon this article as i was stumble-surfing around the net, just looking for ideas: The Premise of SadTech

In that article, or rather a blog entry, Marshall Brain talks about the effect of fast changing technology in a way people 50 years from now will look at us and our technology related habits today the way we laugh at the way it was about 50 years ago. Just imagine using a computer from 80s or even 70s.. how do you feel about that when you have a million times stronger computer today?

When using the latest technologies of today we feel proud in a way, cutting edge and cool. We are forming habits around that technology which may very well be "obsolete" and ridiculed only 50 years from now.

The article is more of an introduction to the site and there isn't really a strong point to it. It just reminds us that things change and that we might feel better if we change along as well..

What do you think?

Also, let's talk about these technologies. What do you think would be the most dramatic life-changing changes happening in the next 50 years, not just to computing, but in general?

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Re: Will your grand son laugh at you in 2050?

Interesting read. I can totally see where he's going with that. i mean i hate to think how powerful computers will be by 2050! Maybe we will have 128-bit CPU's and systems! or maybe even upto 256-bit. And i'm sure when i'm a grandparent (long way to go by the way, i'm only 20) i will look back at pc's like my current system and think how on earth did i manage to cope with that slow heap of junk. But i would love to keep this, just so i can show my descendants what sort of world (computing wise) the year 2000 was. Also i'd love to keep a copy of MS Win 98/2K Just to show what awful OS's we had to use before the wonderful world of linux was discovered. (hoping by then that shops will sell pc's with linux on as standard not MS!)

Anyway, that's enough ranting for now, maybe i will edit this and add to it tomorrow.... rather late here now! (2:19am)

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Re: Will your grand son laugh at you in 2050?

Yes, they will... but never mind! :nonnon:

Because it is just the way things are. So what? It is funny to see typing writing machines today, as will be our powerful computers in the future.

I'm 40, and I saw the first microcomputers with Z-80, and the like, when I was 17. I loved it at the time, and don't feel upset or unhappy for that. That was wonderful!

Every time in the history has its beauty. Let's enjoy it as we can and like it.

Rijik.

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Re: Will your grand son laugh at you in 2050?

I agree.. We should enjoy the proggress as it goes and we should keep being exciting about new stuff even though it may just as soon become old. Such a fast and continious progress makes life more exciting and interesting, and once the decades pass by we'd have a nice experience to look back to as well as the ongoing excitement about the future ahead.

So, in a way, this is a very positive thing. As time passes by, instead of feeling a bit odd or even bad about technology of the next time "leaving you behind", we shouldn't let ourselves be left behind, but adapt continuously, think ahead and be happy about the experiences past left us. :-)

But so.. what may be those technologies that will change most rapidly, in anyone's opinion? For example, is it possible that television as we know it will become obsolete and replaced by computers and internet instead? I think it very well might be... Everything would be interconnected..

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Re: Will your grand son laugh at you in 2050?

Bah, I laugh at today's computers. Now if I could just find a way to connect the good old atari ST to ethernet...

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tbuitenh wrote:
Bah, I laugh at today's computers. Now if I could just find a way to connect the good old atari ST to ethernet...

Well, there is a way to invert things so that in some way, what we have today is laughable compared to what we had.. Laughing Or I am talking nonsense.

However it is, i laugh at todays technology in a different way, when comparing it to what we had just about 20 years ago. It is the "laugh of impression". It is simply impressive that so much progress has been made throughout the years and it is really incredible that practically everyone today can have its own free system that does almost anything you would, information-wise and creativity-wise, desire or need.

Computers are absolutely at the peak of hi-tech advancements and one area from which technological advancements spill into other areas. We first had to develop good unmobile workstation to desktop computers and once this became practical and common the technology started to spill to mobile devices, from laptops to mobile phones and then house automation and many other similar things that would benefit from automation.

And this "spilling" will probably continue. Personal computers will be at the center of things connected with absolutely everything electronic through the broadband internet. I think that is the main source of most major changes to be expected in 50 years. It will happen gradually as always, but at some day after 50 years we might look behind and just then realize how much things have changed from our "old times" and only then realize how funny and even laughable some techno-related habits were.

This mass interconnectedness will surely have impact on our lifestyles. It already does actually..

Hmm.. ranting? Well, i'm over. :smurf:

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