Just two days away from the end of the world, us humans could really pat ourselves on the back for the progress we’ve made in the last 2000 odd years. Granted, world peace and the cure for the common cold still elude the species but let’s focus on the positive, shall we? Like technology! Seriously, folks. A lot has happened in the last five, ten, hundred years. It’s hard to believe just two generations ago, there were no cars. Today, most people have more magic available at their fingertips than the average greek god! No Roman emperor can boast about having owned a TV at all, let alone a seventy inch hi def.
Fifteen years ago, the idea of electronic devices sending data over radio waves was the stuff of dreams. Okay, a tech geek such as I’s dreams, granted… but dreams nonetheless. But it’s because of people who dream up new technology, who then slave away in hermetically sealed labs and garages around the world, our world went from getting wired in the late 90’s and early 2000’s to now… wire-less. So if the Mayans are right, and the planet bleeps out of existence this week, at least we’ll do it while not having to be plugged into anything to stay connected.
What magic is available to us right now?! I know you — the ones who are still scrambling for Christmas and/or Apocalypse gifts — are dying to know. Here are a few that piqued my interest.
Happy 2012, everyone… so long and thanks for all the fish (yes, obscure Douglas Adams reference)… Ho! Ho! Ho! … and oh yeah, wi-fi for everyone!
photo credit: AT&T