Saturday, June 9, 2012

30 Days of Joy: Day 9-Technology

Technology is changing our world!  I happen to be someone who loves technology.  I am guessing that anyone reading this blog has an affinity for technology as well.  When I look back over my life, I am amazed at how technology has become such an integral part of our lives.  Just think of the changes:

  • From dial phones (even party lines with operators) to cell phones so that we are available for calls at any time or have access to information or assistance at our fingertips.

  • From Kodak Instamatics using film to digital cameras where you can take all of the pictures you want and just delete the ones you don't like.

  • From typewriters to large main frame computers and keypunch cards to desktop computers, laptops, and tablets.

  • From board games to arcades to computer gaming and streaming.

  • From paperbacks and hardcover books to e-readers.

  • From records to 8 tracks to CDs.

  • From movie and drive-in theaters to VCR tapes to DVD to Blueray.

I have seen so many changes, and I think I've done really well to keep up with technology.  I can remember keypunching cards for my husband to create a very simple program to run on the computer.  My fear that I would break something when I first started using computers is amusing to look back on now.  However, I was always interested in learning the newest technology and was fortunate to be surrounded by technology experts.  That was always reassuring and empowering, because I knew that I had someone readily at hand to fix anything that I messed up!  I have many friends who haven't kept up with technology; in fact, they have a fear of it.  I hope to never be like that!  I hope to be a very old lady using the latest technology available for communication, entertainment, and enjoying the latest media-whatever form that might take!

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
Arthur C. Clarke
I look ahead and wonder what the next 50 years will bring in the realm of technology.  My granddaughter is only 21 months old and can operate an iPhone with ease.  It is amazing to watch her turn it on, find the photos icon, and surf the pictures.  She carefully puts her finger on the screen to play the videos of herself found there! When she's done, she closes that area and turns off the iPhone.  Incredible!  

This is truly a time of marvelous technology!  My niece just texted me using her new iPad.  This morning started with FaceTime with my son and granddaughter.  It was a great way to start the day as she laughs uproariously when she sees grandma and grandpa on her dad's iPhone!  I believe that we all remain young at heart as long as we remain open to new experiences.  I hope that I will always be open to new forms of technology!  It's so much fun and brings joy to learn new things.  I encourage you to keep finding your joy and staying open to new innovations.  For now...

Have you found your joy today?

1 comment:

  1. To me new technology is fun, learning it keeps me up to date with some of the latest.

    That's one reason i like my job in IT. Even better that were I work, Minneapolis Public Schools, is a leader in implementing new truly useful technology.

    But what I really like about technology is how it connects people in very personal ways. That is what is really important. Not a synthetic substitute for real one on one, face to face connections, but as an amazing extension allowing you to connect so much better.

    I still find these personal connections amazing, almost miraculous.