I bought an Ipad around the time my son Colin was one year old (2011). Since his birth he has been surrounded by screens. My son played with our laptop for the first time when he first learned to grab and sit at around the four month mark. At one Colin could navigate through multiple screens and open files on my Ipad to find the games he wanted. Colin enjoys “colouring” on the ipad and is learning his letters on the Ipad. He has been so immersed in technology that he immediately sees flat screens at interactive, touch, surfaces. We don’t subscribe to cable but when we stream programs on our LCT TV he routinely attempts to touch the screen to select a video or program that he would like to watch. Arthur C. Clarke created three laws which warrant reflection at this point.
Clarke’s Three Laws are three “laws” of prediction formulated by the British writer Arthur C. Clarke. They are:
1. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
2. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
3. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
Speaking of magic I recently watched a ted talk video about mind controlled devices which blew my mind. The idea is like that of an EEG which monitors brainwaves and through detectors in a helmet you can control the position of a ball on a screen. This technology although in it’s infancy is something that is “Magical” and is worth watching for in the future. Imagine a world where you don’t have to tough things to make them do that things you want them to…Magical.
My father was a young single parent and we didn’t have the means for a large television which at the time would have been a whopping 24″ and Colour TV’s were rare. I remember watching The amazing spiderman in the morning on our 12″ black and white TV which was very special. When we upgraded to a 24″ tv with a remote and colour I remember it being like magic. My children are growing up in a world where 40+ inch flat screens are the norm, Cable and even satellite are dying deliveries, and the internet which I first experienced in grade seven is not only lightning fast but is being Incorporated in every device. Our first home which is under construction will be completed soon. My builder contacted me the other day and told me that he was going to install a “brain” in my house, for free. This “Brain” will make it possible to regulate the furnace and control lighting in our home remotely from a smart device or computer. My children will grow up in a home which is computer controlled, a la Jetsons.
One thing that strikes me is the ease to which my children are learning how to interact with technology. There seems to be an endless curiosity and drive to figure out how to use the devices in our home. Not sure where they get that from;)
Maybe in the future devices like google glasses will make televisions look like absurd relics that our children and their children will be puzzled about.