I feel lucky to be a part of this generation and this time period. We are in a pivotal moment in the history of the world! This period in history is equivalent to the widespread use of tools by the early human, to the invention of printing by the Chinese in year 220, to the cusp of the industrial revolution in 1800’s, to the first conceptualization of the digital revolution in the 1800’s by Ada Lovelace. We’re currently building the tools of the 21st century and beyond!
I recently read a quote from the founding executive editor of Wired magazine Kevin Kelly that read as follows:
“If we were sent back with a time machine, even 20 years, and reported to people what we have right now and describe what we were going to get in this device in our pocket — we’d have this free encyclopedia, and we’d have street maps to most of the cities of the world, and we’d have box scores in real time and stock quotes and weather reports, PDFs for every manual in the world … You would simply be declared insane,” Kelly said.
“But the next 20 years are going to make this last 20 years just pale,” he continued. “We’re just at the beginning of the beginning of all these kind of changes. There’s a sense that all the big things have happened, but relatively speaking, nothing big has happened yet. In 20 years from now we’ll look back and say, ‘Well, nothing really happened in the last 20 years.” [Business Insider]
I believe this with the bottom of my heart. In the past 100 years, we’ve had to wait for the parallel developments of small but powerful enough microchips, a programming language, a functional operating system, a world wide network, an intuitive browsing interface for us to finally tap into the Internet as we know it today. But it’s just the beginning!
With the maturity of tech trends such as social networks, wearables, internet of things, mobile payments, etc., we’re slowly introducing the building blocks to a grander connected world. Technology is currently giving all of us very powerful tools to impact the world and change its course. And this generation and the next are the ones currently doing it!