Today I read a post from Shawn Blanc. He speaks well about our lives today. Here is a bit of what he has to say:
"It took us over a century to realize the changes and impact that the Industrial Revolution was making on our lifestyle, culture, economy, and educational system.
Technology has changed all of that again, but this time it took less than a decade.
Today, if we need advice on a topic, it’s as close as posting a question to Facebook or Twitter. If we don’t know an answer, we can Google it. If we want something, we can buy it from our phones and have it delivered to our house. If we have a moment of down time, our social network timelines guarantee we never have to be bored. And we have the world’s catalog of movies, music, and books available to us from our living room.
Nobody in the history of anything has ever lived like this before. It’s fantastic. Also, it’s a little bit terrifying."
Some years back I, as I am sure we all have, came to a similar mind set. My children came to me wanting some help with their calculus studies. I started to look into their text book to see how much I remembered from back in the dark times (you know the 70's). To my suprise they weren't asking for help understanding the material in the text book, they were looking for help on how to program their calculators do to the problems. In my words to them they didn't need help with calculus they needed help with "calculatorus" and sadly I wasn't a good resouce for them. At that time I hadn't come to the realization that my days of paper, pencil, and slide rule had passed. I like to think I have come a long way on the technological highway.