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AWRIGHT DEN: Age of gadgets


Corey Collymore

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Do you remember the times when Apple and Blackberry were just fruits?
The last decade was an amazing time for the world. Between the year 2000 and the year 2010, the world as we knew it was significantly transformed due to the influence of something we have all come to love – “technology”.
It has affected how we live, do business, acquire information, and connect with people.
A few of the great introductions and world influences of the last decade are: the iPod, iPhone, Blackberry messenger service, iPads, Amazon Kindle, net books, laptops, flat screen HDTVs of various sizes, Blue Ray, Wifi, USB drives (data keys), external hard drives, mobile phones, 3G, Wikipedia, Google maps, Amazon, Internet tv, Skype, Google, Facebook, Twitter, iTunes and the Nintendo Wii.
I find it quite amazing that children born in the last decade will never know what life was like without a mobile phone or internet. Actually, I find it quite hard to remember what it was like myself. This caused me to think about what children born after 2011 will never know about or experience.
Through some research, I was able to find some valuable information from a couple of websites.
Do you think children born in 2011 will recognize any of the following?
Travel agents: while not dead today, this profession is one of many that’s been decimated by the internet. When it’s time for their honeymoon, will those born in 2011 be able to find one?
Movie rental stores: you actually got in your car and drove someplace just to rent a movie?
Long distance: thanks to the Internet and Skype, the days of paying more to talk to somebody in another country are limited.
Encyclopaedia: imagine a time when you had to buy expensive books that were outdated before the ink was dry. This will be a nonsense term for babies born today.
CDs: first records, then eight-track, then cassette, then CDs – replacing your music collection used to be an expensive pastime. Now it’s cheap(er) and as close as the nearest Internet connection.
Fax machines: can you say “scan”, “.pdf” and?“email”? Handwritten letters? For that matter, handwritten anything? When was the last time you wrote cursive? In fact, do you even know what the word “cursive” means? Kids born in 2011 won’t – but they’ll put you to shame on a tiny keyboard.
Floppy disks: these would not be able to hold five songs today. Children born in 2011 would not be able to understand how these were of any use.
VHS video tape and VCR: are there stores that even sell these? With recordable DVD and the DVR, most people have moved on.
Pay phones: can any one say “mobile phone”, Skype?
Public library: why would a child born in 2011 leave the comfort of their home to do research when there is the same plus more information at the press of a button?
If the last decade was filled with so many interesting gadgets, I am looking forward with excitement to see what the “world of technology” will bring during this decade.
I have one suggestion for a cool gadget. Just as you have pagers to find a wireless hand-held phone, I believe DVD players should have pagers to find the remote.
• Corey Worrell is a former Commonwealth Youth Ambassador.

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