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Where will you be in 20 years?

A couple of days ago, I read and shared this article from Business Insider “No Google. No Netflix. No iPhone. This Is What Tech Was Like In 1994“.

For those of us using technology then, and quite frankly, before then, it was a nostalgic walk.  I remember many of the technology in the post (and more…they probably never heard of the Icon Computer from Burroughs and then Unisys.

At the time, I thought that Microsoft had sold out with “Windows”.  After all, we are were geeked out with MS-DOS.  I remember thinking that was the last time I really understook how a computer worked.  All this windowing stuff hides so much…

I wasn’t the only one learning and surviving.  So was Heather Touzin.

It’s fun to look back 20 years and see how antiquated those things look now.

But, looking ahead 20 years, what does the future hold?  I think it’s a safe bet to think that computers will be even more personal.  My kids gave me a Fitbit for my birthday.  This has to be just the beginning.  It’s got to get better and more embedded.  I haven’t worn a watch in years and just having to have this on my arm is uncomfortable.  Hopefully, it gets better.

For no other purpose than to say that I’ve included this clip on my blog…

As much as things have changed in the past 20 years, you just know that it’s going to change even more in the next 20.


3 responses to “Where will you be in 20 years?”

  1. […] Where will you be in 20 years? | doug — off the record […]


  2. “A keyboard? How quaint.” Love it.


  3. I actually think about this occasionally – what will things look like in 20 years? I do it mostly when I see how technology impresses my kids (13 and 11) and me differently. When Skype came along, and allowed my husband (who did a fair amount of global traveling at the time) to show the kids where he was (Hong Kong sticks in my brain, for some reason), I was blown away – I felt like I was using a videophone like in science fiction, and my kids just took it in stride – they’d never really known anything else. It helps me understand when my students are underwhelmed by something I’m showing them, that boggles my mind. 🙂

    I fall in age somewhere between Heather and you, so I do get amazed by things. When I order a book on-line, and it sends it directly to my iPad, I always feel like I’m watching the pieces fly over my head, and reassemble in my iPad (like in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). I’m always astounded at how quickly things change, and how far we have come. Would you have ever imagined we’d have super-crazy powerful computers in our pockets?


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