OK, so I’m a technology junky
Every now and then, something occurs that encourages me to step back and marvel at where we’ve come technologically. It could be looking at my 64 GB iPhone and remembering that the first commercial computer I worked on had 1 MB of internal memory that fit in a box the size of 2 commercial refrigerators or that I used a disk drive that we affectionally called the washing machine. It was a top loader, that took a massive set of removable disks that held just a few MB of storage. Amazing! Or it could be how this marble we reside on is getting smaller and smaller due to our interconnectivity.
So, there have been a couple events this week that caused me to have these “ah ha!” moments. The first came from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Now, I’ve aways been fond of the CES and even attended it in 1999. For someone who’s fascinated by technology, its an orgy of consumer technology. Every January, I read as much as I can about the stuff being exhibited at the CES, from the bizarre (the iPotty) to the sublime (Ultra HD TV).
What got to me though was the idea that WIFI has enabled a level of technical interconnectivity that is amazing. One can already remotely manage the thermostat, lights and door locks remotely. However, what caught my interest were the smart appliances. LG and Samsung introduced new, networked appliances that provided a level of control and interconnectivity that’s amazing. How about a refrigerator that not only provides access to apps (like a browser and Evernote for your recipes), but also monitors the food in the fridge and can warn you when you are getting low. Or an oven that is manageable from your iPhone. So, you’re at work and want to make something for dinner? You can query the fridge for the ingredients and start the oven on your way home.
The other event that caught my attention is the 1 year anniversary of the grounding of the Costa Concordia. It’s not the grounding itself, nor the consequences (which are severe), rather it’s the fact that one can view the ship via satellite images from your computer or device. The best way to look at it, is to load up Google Earth on your computer or device, then enter “Isola del Giglio”. Zoom in on the right side of the island and this is what you’ll see:
So, though I’m accustomed to and have used satellite images and Google’s “Street View” technologies for years, when I saw the Concordia on it’s side off the coast of Tuscany, I had to marvel on how far technology has changed and how much we’ve become dependent on it.
For more information on the 2013 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show: