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Old 12-16-2018, 06:35 PM
 
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Many here have seen it rapidly advance and I am just curious what your thoughts are? Does it bother you? Do you like it?
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Old 12-16-2018, 06:51 PM
 
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Since many of us began using computers very extensively at work 30 years ago around 1987 and then at home shortly afterward, it has seemed like a natural progression of technology.

And since our jobs required using a computer extensively 30 years ago, it is commonplace, along with having a computer at home shortly afterward.
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Old 12-16-2018, 07:07 PM
 
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Since many of us began using computers very extensively at work 30 years ago around 1987 and then at home shortly afterward, it has seemed like a natural progression of technology.

And since our jobs required using a computer extensively 30 years ago, it is commonplace, along with having a computer at home shortly afterward.
I totally agree. It's not like we were living in caves 30 years ago.
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Old 12-16-2018, 07:15 PM
 
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Plus on the above, I had home computers starting with the Sinclair ZX2 and an Apple ][e, then used an IBM PC at work, got a compatible machine (NCR, IIRC) and finally began building an ongoing series of computers starting with a 486/66.


Looking back, though, the most change is in communications. From my early childhood of having a party line with one dial phone on the kitchen wall to modern smartphones has been pretty dazzling. All along it's seemed normal, as things have progressed, but on looking back it's been very amazing and GOOD.


Jury still seems to be out on how smartphones are changing human interactions and socialization, though. I think we'll end up adapting just fine.
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Old 12-16-2018, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Texas of course
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I do enjoy my computer and I enjoy streaming what I watch on TV because I can find a lot of the old shows that I enjoyed. With that said, I could live without my computer, iphone and any of the other things we have today, except my AC.

All in all I think the advances are a blessing and a curse. I seldom see kids playing outside anymore like we did as kids. I also see more and more people with their faces glued to their iphones EVEN while driving. I personally think human interaction is suffering a great deal. If I could rewind the clock (not to make me younger) I would do it in a skinny minute. I could go on and on but.......
Anyway, before anyone tells me how stupid I am. This is JUST MY Personal Opinion.
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Old 12-16-2018, 09:20 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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Being a die-hard introvert I adore smartphones. Imagine being able to wait in a doctor's office or *anywhere* without having to make eye contact! Paradise.
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Old 12-16-2018, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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I have always been a SF fan. The big thing I notice is that cell phones have pretty much put an end to the "radio in the head" ESP stories that were so common 50 years ago. Cell phones are ever so much more reliable than telepathy.
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Old 12-16-2018, 09:49 PM
 
Location: Sylmar, a part of Los Angeles
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Well 90 year olds were 10 in 1938, they've seen a lot. Everything was pretty well the same for a very long time before the industrial revolution.
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Old 12-16-2018, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Florida -
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It's been reported that 90-percent of all the data in the world has been generated over the past TWO YEARS! Yet, who is really in shock or awe over that statistic? https://www.forbes.com/sites/bernard.../#200aea0e60ba

If today's technology were suddenly dropped into our lives 50-60-years ago, we would have been amazed and marveled as if it was alien technology. Who (then) could have imagined laptop or tablet computers; phones more powerful than room size computers, but, smaller than a deck of cards; an internet 'machine' on phones/computers that one could ask any question and get almost an immediate answers; 85-inch color TV's in living rooms; ... plus hundreds of other space, medicine and electronic advancements.

However, except for World's Fair predictions or science fiction movies, people simply absorb most incremental technology advancements into their daily lives. Although we may not always fully understand how things work or their full implications for our lives, unless one has lived in a cave, even retirees take most things in stride.
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Old 12-16-2018, 09:59 PM
 
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for What has it been like you seeing technology advance so much?

Crazy, still trying to wean myself off my Abacus and still working on beating PONG.
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