Saturday, September 11, 2010
The Speed At Which We Are Changing
Think about those two things, a pocket calculator? Wouldn't that start designers thinking along the lines about what else could be handheld? Like phones and computers?
The software started out as a client copy, which meant it resided on the local pc and only accessed the internet once in a while as a special feature (late eighties) and eventually because wholly browser based. Which meant it resided on the internet in the central servers which the local pc accessed to get at their client specific databases in order to do business or get updates and newer versions of the software.
Databases allowed software to track client preferences, save their choices, search for data (such as real estate listings, appointments, businesses, items, clubs), and in some cases, allowed the program to 'suggest' based on past choices. A weird type of rudimentary learning system, that advanced software quite a bit! We used databases for most software these days, when we know it or not, and database scripting and advances in that area are responsible for part of the changes we see day to day. The 'smart' software I proposed as a natural next step in this evolution would rely heavily on databases to build a profile of the enduser and help that user learn new things. Which were identified in his profile (data in the db) as areas that needed attention for whatever he was trying to accomplish.
A new theory has recently been proposed by a man named Nicholas Carr, that our brains are essentially being 'rewired' by our exposure to Google and the Internet.
I'm not actually surprised because human beings are very adaptable and we learn quickly to adjust to new toys, I mean tools! I've ordered his book to check it out, (I know once a geek, always a geek!) and I'm looking forward to reading up on this topic. It'll help me make up my mind on this issue...
And finally, I recently found a site that discussed how some Calgary, Canada scientists are on the verge of creating a 'human neurochip' that will allow an even newer era of advancements!
Maybe Data from Star Trek is on the edge of being possible after all!
Images by Teresa Young:
1. The Laconic Flapper - Jul.2010, 2. SciFi House - Jun.2007, 3. Dragons Do Dream - Mar.2010, 4. Blue Bobbles - May 2001, 5. Soft and Golden - Aug.2010, 6. Like My Ride? - Jun.2007, 7. Fear Of The Future - Aug.2000, 8. The Masked Marvel - Jan.2000.