Technology is leaping forward faster than most people can catch up. I could never understand how my granddad couldn’t work out how to use the telly, or the video recorder. I even remember when we first got our recorder, we had a party where people came to see it in action, laughing at the fast forward and rewind function. It was literally unheard of tech. Now it’s obsolete and you record on the same box that sends you your television over cable.
My kids have never really seen a record. They vaguely remember VHS tapes but have mostly grown up with DVDs and digital streaming, and they’ve never used a cassette tape with a bic or a pencil.
Home computers started off with 18k, then moved up to an amazing 48k. The Spectrum was the first truly ground-breaking computer that hit the home user market. And in those days, games were shipped and they worked. First time. The only issue was trying to find the right pitch so that it would load. But there were no bugs. Imagine that. That’s one big step backward unfortunately.
Now phones have more computing power than any home computer in the 90s, maybe even the naughties. You can play games, write books, read books, film live video, speak to your friends over the internet and not pay for your calls, text, and take photos. And that’s not everything you can do with something we still call a ‘phone’.
In less than a few years we’ve also gone from being able to print 3D models to being able to print entire houses from concrete and bridges from metal. Now, in an incredibly short space of time, you can walk into a shop and have a sculpture of yourself made from a 360 body scan. In full colour. This is mind-blowing and I wish this had been around when my dad was, it would be great to have a family pose with him, and I’m most certainly going to be getting it done with my family when it hits Britain’s shores. I don’t care how much it costs, having something like that is – to me at least – priceless.
Take a look at the video.