Peep some more brilliance from Russell Davies. The work being done by Davies, and the other folks at Really Interesting Group, has informed a lot of my thinking recently.
I started down this rabbit hole when I got swept into the debate about whether or not mobile devices would ever replace desktop computers.
Now, I didn’t expect everyone to welcome the idea of an entirely cloud-driven, desktop-free world with open arms, but, I was surprised at how virulent a reaction I received from others—especially people my own age.
It’s a little myopic to think that an industry characterized by constant innovation and disruption is going to keep re-inventing the wheel—or the mousetrap—ad infinitum.
Yes, it’s hard to imagine a world without desktop computers, but not as hard as it is to imagine an iPhone during the pre-smart-phone era or gesture control in the track-ball era.
Tradition is comfortable. After all, the alternative is that the machines—and more often than not, the screens—that we rely upon will be taken away from us and replaced with some strange new apparatus.
But, consider the following:
//The iPhone in my pocket has more computing power than the spaceship that sent human kind to the moon and back.
//More people now access the internet via mobile devices than desktop computers.
//We make technology in our own image and we are ourselves mobile devices (conveniently, this is also my argument for why media will continue to spread like water until it covers every surface possible, including the human body).
//I can write e-mails on a television. A television!
//Moore’s law, Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft Kinect, Arab Spring, Square, Augmented Reality, Instagram, etc.
Food for thought, if you’re hungry for what’s next.