At what point did I become completely dependent on my technology? I mean, I can remember a time when I didn’t carry a cell phone. Sure my life was simpler back then, but even doing some simple tasks today seems all too difficult without the phone.
As these devices have made their way into our lives, the concept of convergence has helped them stick. Two hundred years ago, the only way to communicate with someone was either in person, or by post. Then came the invention of the telegraph. This would allow someone to send a text-message to someone in another city by way of an electrical current. Really, this was the predecessor to email, fax and text messaging.
Seventy years later, Alexander Graham Bell was busy working on a device to help his wife hear, and in the process managed to invent the telephone. Imagine, being able to have a conversation with someone across the country much the way you would if they were sitting in the next room. Before long these technologies began to make their way into every home in the Western world. You could contact anyone, at home or at their place of business and speak to them directly. The information age was upon us.
By the time I made my way on the scene in the early 1980s phones were commonplace, analog phones were beginning to give way to faster and higher-capacity digital phone systems. With these came the advent of the modem — a device solely designed to translate analog telephone signals into digital signals for processing by a computer. The age of the Internet was beginning.
As technology continued to improve, so did my Internet experience. We soon upgraded to a 56k modem which allowed us to download more than 20 times faster. I could download the new 1.2MB Wolfstien Demo (which wasn’t really new) in only several minutes. But this really was only beginning, because a few short years later came ADSL. This may have been the beginning of my technological dependence.
When I speak of my technological...