It’s too easy to get disillusioned with technology today.”You mean it’s going to take 20 MINUTES to download this movie I wanted to watch? Forget it!”
When you consider what’s actually happening behind the scenes to make certain aspects of our digital lives possible, you’ll never take them for granted again.
Here are 10 things we use or do nearly every day that are really quite impressive in hindsight.
The iPod shook the world when it arrived. Suddenly you could carry around more music than you could listen to in a week, and have it with you everywhere.
Of course, it's only gotten better since then in terms of capacity, video display, and the ability to run apps.
VOIP giant Skype offers free client-to-client calling and super-affordable client-to-phone calling. The UN Refugee Agency staffers uses Skype to call home from as far away as Afghanistan and Sri Lanka.
Consumer hybrid car technology saw quite a hiccup in the 1970s when Petro-Electric Motors ran out of money. It wasn't until 2001, the worldwide introduction of the Prius, that reasonable, practical hybrid cars re-entered the spotlight.
Moore's law is an idea in computing that states that processor speeds will double approximately every two years. It's held true since 1965 and is expected to stay true through 2015-2020.
The 64-bit processor is an amazing piece of processor design that can tear through computer calculations faster than the previous 32-bit processors.
CD and DVD burning made it possible to transport large volumes of data, almost like an early predecessor to thumb drives.
When you want to see a video of something nowadays, YouTube is the first place you look. The site is the go-to location for streaming video, everything from news to videos of Miss America contestants speaking incoherently.
Not only are we talking about WiFi routers that enable you to have internet anywhere in your house, but also the 3G technology that lets you use the internet on your mobile device while you're out and about.
Video production and editing is more affordable than it's ever been. A few committed nerds in a living room with $3,000 of equipment could put George Lucas out of business. Software like Final Cut Pro represents a real democratization of media production, and that's an exciting premise.
Sure, VCR-programming wizards could achieve similar results with a VHS tape back in the day, but when the technology went digital, it took off. Not only can you DVR your favourite shows while you're out and about, but your TiVo will automatically record things that it thinks you'll like, based on what you've recorded in the past.
It wasn't until Apple introduced FaceTime that there was practical video chat included on a mobile device. Despite the fact that it's currently only limited to WiFi, all signs point to 3G compatibility down the road, and that's only going to make it more useful.