September 27, 2019
… does that make me old? I think not.
I can unequivocally state that my parents’ generation enjoyed the BEST times of Pakistan – no two ways about it. However, my generation of the 1960s have evolved through one of the most INTERESTING and EXCITING periods of history – the TECHNOLOGY explosion. I mean, we have first-hand witnessed –
- The change from rotary to touch button telephones;
- Analog to Digital services telephone services;
- The advent of the PERSONAL computer (my first computer was an IBM machine) in the early 1980s;
- Mobile phones – GSM, 3G, 4G, 5G … and all the future “G’s” that are to come;
- Laptops, sat phones, VOIP tech, skype, whats app, wechat, tablets;
- Newspapers to online news and RSS feeds;
- Print media to Social media;
- Reel cameras to Digital cameras- in fact, I found one such camera and asked my studio for a 36mm reel only to be told they’ve been discontinued 😊! So, I’ve started scanning my old reels into digital photos for posterity;
- Vinyl records, cassette tapes, VHS & Beta to cloud based music & videos;
- Pen cameras, car cameras, CCTV – you name it … it’s out of the old “BOND” movies we used to see!
- We used pens & pencils but the latest tablet & phone technology uses a stylus and speech-to-written technology.
- Amazon, Careem, Uber … the list goes on an on.
The generation of the ‘90s has grown up on digital … they never experienced non-digital communication! It’s online movies, Netflix, cloud-based streaming movies, etc. Yes, my kids come to the theatre but they don’t need a cable TV set up in their dorms anymore- they are quite content with seeing their content on their laptops.
However, I feel, what technology explosion we saw in the ‘90s was one of the most interesting a generation can witness – notwithstanding what is yet to come! – and things are still evolving.
It’s only a matter of time when our thoughts will be transcribed to the written-word … I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s already here !