In light of the computer age and my very first personal computer with internet dial-up, I remember my father asking me one very simple question that spun my mind and really knocked into my head how far we’ve come in today’s world. Now, first you have to know my father was not sheltered. He was born in Europe, moved to the U.S and learned the English language at a very young age,(in three weeks, mind you) lived through the depression, fought in the Phillipines during WWII and went on to become a very successful small businessman.
Twenty years ago, computers didn’t touch my father’s life in any significant way. But his question and the curious expression on his face, was one I never will forget. “Can you tell me, how on earth a computer can catch a virus?”
I remembered babbling to him about how it all seemed to work, but let’s face it, 20 years ago, I didn’t know all that much about computers either. (And I still don’t!)
If a computer virus can baffle my very intelligent, man-of-the-world father, can you venture to imagine what our
ancestors might think if they were alive today?
What would Abe Lincoln say about movies and artistry that can make a man look like the spitting image of him on a big screen?
What would pioneers of the American West say about airplanes that could cross the continent in five hours? Or our Apollo missions that sent men to the moon?
What would Ben Franklin say about lazer and digital light shows for entertainment?
What would Clara Barton say about the technology that can replace a man’s heart? Or shock that heart once it stops beating?
What would the American Cavalry say about unmanned aerial vehicles aka predator drones?
What would any of them say about television, cell phones and microwave ovens?
It boggles the mind. Do you ever wonder what’s next? What new and innovative invention will come our way to make our lives better, safer, easier? There are times, when I wonder if we’ve invented everything there is to invent and then I laugh. Of course not! Oh, if only I could be a fly on the wall 100 years from now to see what my mind cannot fully imagine. Have you thought about that too?
The iPad is my best friend these days. I use it to read, text, answer emails and take pictures. I play games, watch videos, enjoy music and can actually locate a family member’s exact location, with it. (Would have loved this feature when my kids were younger!)
What one invention over the past ten years has made your life better? Have you thought about what the future will bring? What do you think is next?