Is Tech Dead?
I consider myself an aficionado of technology. I’ve been in love with the stuff since I was a kid. I used to hang out in the “computer room” of the data processing firm my mom managed in Jamaica. I used to code lines and lines of BASIC on my Commodore 64. In high school, my best friend and I built computers for fun when that sort of thing was a lot harder than it is today (lemme tell you about IRQ slots).
But nowadays I find myself becoming bored and bored with tech. Don’t get me wrong: today’s technology is amazing. If you had told me 20 years ago I’d have a pocket-sized minicomputer that I could use to access the equivalent of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy I would have called you a mad man.
That said, technology announcements in the post iPad era have all the “wow” factor of a new car line up. They changed the buttons a bit, slapped some different colors of paint on, and kicked the version number up one. Even worse, in the post-Jobs era, companies feel the need to release the newest, incremental versions of their products with a full featured presentation. We end up with ridiculous events like Instagram announcing they’ve integrated *video* as if it were the second coming of the Lord himself.
Where’s the excitement? Where’s the “wow” factor? I don’t care if this year’s phone has a faster processor, where’s the 3D holographic projector with real-time force pushback traffic technology? I want tech to amaze me, not bore me. Otherwise its just dead.