We keep hearing about the advancing pace of technology and sure, everywhere you look there’s people with a small computer in theie hand – tweeting, messaging, browing or watching a video. Consumer electronics is far more advanced than even 5 years ago…
So, things are moving forwards right?
Far be it for me to tell you, what goign on… instead let me highlight a few things:
1) About 10 years ago you could travel from London to New York in a super sonic plane.
2) Less than 10 years ago mankind was using a re-usable spacecraft to get into orbit.
3) My solder used to contain lead, which was easier to use than this lead free stuff.
OK, being a little silly with the last one… but the point is – what’s happened to the big things that used to happen that would inspire little boys to be a pilot or an astronaught. While I’m no oracle or wise man… I have some thoughts:
Firstly, The world is now run by accountants and administrators who have so much red tape around them they either can’t move, won’t move or are afraid to.
Next, since these great things were created, everyone seemed to sit on their laurels and not really push out ‘the next thing’ maybe becasue of the accountants and stuff… this meant that these much loved icons of human achievement ran out of life before they could be replaced.
I also think that we’re losing our imagination, not everyone, but with our lifestyle increasingly money centred and fucussed on the ‘next cool thing to own’ we don’t think much beyond life’s box to those things that could be achieved if we tried.
Don’t get me wrong, in so many ways, the pace of technology is running riot, but some things have been left behind and we will maybe never get them back becasue of mainly money (the world is currently broke) and the desire to see them. Will we ever do this sort of thing again ‘just becasue we can?’ or is technology and inspiration now going to be completely goverened only by those who are prepared to invest in it for the benefit of only the very few that can afford it?