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Is Technology Moving Too Fast, Or Are Some Just Too Slow to See It?



Nothing irks me more than to hear people increasingly complain about the new technology that has made our world more convenient and efficient in every way possible. These people bellyache everywhere they see something new in place, asking questions like "why do we need this?" "What is this supposed to accomplish?" And there is of course the usual crybaby's comment that makes me the most perturbed: "these kids are already lazy enough." Many are wondering if technology has just progressed too quickly in recent years and has just given us more excuses to use shortcuts to cheat on old-fashioned work. In only one way is that statement true: technology has provided us with shortcuts. But these shortcuts are not a bad thing like a normal naysayer would proclaim. That is almost like stating that efficiency is despicable. If you are one of these complainers, the world has one thing to tell you: we are not rolling back production for you!

The advancement of technology over the last decade has been unprecedented. Alot of us remember when Windows 98 and Windows 2000 were the epitome of the operating system of a computer. That was until Windows XP came into existence followed quickly by a failed product which shall not be named in an article chronicling technology advancement, but you should know what it is (it starts with a V). Then in late 2009, Windows 7 came into existence. The amazing thing is Microsoft has recently released a beta for Windows 8, and it has not even been three years since Windows 7 came into existence.

Here is another update if you were ever wondering about IPv4 IP addressing: the Internet recently ran out. It was announced on February 3, 2011 that the final five IPv4 blocks had been exhausted and that we would need to transition all Internet addressing to IPv6, which would provide more blocks to a much increasing World Wide Web. Under IPv4, the maximum number of addresses possible for use by clients was approximately 4,300,000,000 (4.3 billion) and we used every single one of them. With IPv6 coming into play, we will have 340,282,366,920,938,463,463,374,607,431,768,211,456 (approximately 340 undecillion) addresses for client use and there is a good chance we will exhaust those along the way because the World Wide Web exponentially increases everyday.

What about the advancement of smartphones? Well, if all you remember is the huge "portable" phones with the big antenna from the 1990s, good luck adapting to the new ones. Many of the new smartphones have touch screens, can take pictures, text message, and play music. But all of that is, according to many, "so 2000 and late." Nowadays, many come with operating systems like a computer does and have 4G connection so people can surf the Internet everywhere they go. Applications, like ones on computers, have popped up everywhere on the market to make work, play, and production portable. Many popular brands include the Apple iPhone (iPhone 4s), the Google Android (4.0), and many more! The amazing thing about each updated product is that each one comes with something new, something unimaginable. On top of that, if you are a person who travels endlessly, another recent popular product on the market these days is the portable tablet. The tablet is basically a touch screen computer that is very easy to use and is made by many of the smart phone companies (Apple iPad, Amazon Kindle Fire).  

There is so much more I could add into this article: the advancement of fiber optic cabling, inventors looking into 3D television, and others studying 4D motion pictures. Technology is moving at 1000 miles per hour in recent years and bellyachers want it to stop. It is surely understandable that they feel that this new world of technology is being forced on to them. Some may feel that every product is being outdated monthly, which in some respects is true. But at the same time, most people should be excited to see new products make life more efficient and new ways to do traditionally difficult tasks. These naysayers must learn that technology will continue to progress and that there is nothing that they can do to stop it. In recent times, there is only two things one can do: adapt or boycott. Adapting to new technology may be difficult for some at first, but it does get easier the more someone uses it. As difficult as adapting can be, boycotting is probably just as difficult, if not more difficult! Society has conformed, as a whole, to this new, fast-paced life style, and if you still feel, after reading this article, that technology is still not worth your trouble, then you are just too slow to see it.

POSTED BY R. Turk On 2012-01-14
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