Getting bucked off the technological horse

Published: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 04:41 PM.

Even babies tweet. The magazine “The Week” reported in its Sept. 20, 2013, edition, ‘“Harper Estell Wolfeld-Gosk has 6,282 Twitter followers,”’ said Joe Coscarelli in ‘“She’s 2 weeks old.”’ “The infant daughter of Today show correspondent Jenna Wolfe is just one of thousands of kids who have Twitter accounts that are written in their voices but are authored by their parents.”

Actually tweets, with their bad grammar and lack of cogent thought, may be best suited for babies. But given that I’m of the baby-boomer generation, as opposed to a Millennial, I would write this. The younger generations would all agree that I “just don’t get it.”

And there I was proudly believing I WAS getting it. I (with my chest puffed out just a little) use a Blackberry. My wife has Facebook friends. I’m often “Linked-In.” We both text.

OMG. “Texting,” as National Public Radio called it on their broadcast Saturday, “is so old school.” NPR reported on a British study that found texting decreased for the first time last year, falling by 7 billion in Great Britain.

Old school? I thought I was straddling the race horse of technology — that my wife and I, on digitized thoroughbreds, were exploring the social media final frontier (technologically speaking). Instead, I find that we are actually being bucked off our old dial-up gray mare into obsolescence.

But what is a baby boomer — or for that matter even a Millennial — to do? According to authors Ray Kurzweil and Terry Grossman in their book “Transcend,” “Today the computer in your cell phone is a million times smaller, a million times less expensive and a thousand times more powerful than our most powerful computers in 1965. That’s a billion fold increase in price-performance. As powerful and influential as information technology (IT) is already, we’ll experience another billionfold increase in capability for the same cost in the next 25 years (rather than the 40 years or so it took for the most recent billionfold increase) because the rate of exponential growth is itself getting faster.”

Even high tech Millennials can’t keep up with a billionfold amount of change. So it’s time to admit the pace of technological change is so fast that I can’t keep up. Even if I could keep up, I’m not good enough to write anything with meaning in 140 characters.

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