A couple of things struck me all at once so I had to ramble with them. Apple CEO Steve Jobs said "you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards." So for my illlustration I put a little newsboy by the red telephone booths that are soon to be a thing of the past in the UK, like the double-decker buses and the black taxi cabs. Well, little boys selling newspapers have long been gone but the print newspapers?
Tech Gear: Clothing is being made to accomodate the gizmos we carry, but putting on a computer, one sleeve at a time? A coat with built-in GPS? Well, Mastercard is working on having a wave of your cell phone transmit your payments. How about protection with a radiation-shielding bracelet?
Digital Photos: 3 billion photos are on Flickr. One year ago they had 2 billion. Facebook has 10 billion and is growing photos at a faster rate.
MUST READ BOOK? Is Surfing the Internet altering your brain? I'm going to read iBrain - surviving the technological alteration of the modern mind by Gary Small, MD and Gigi Vergan. Small, a neuroscientist specializing in brain function, has found through studies that Internet searching and text messaging has made brains more adept at filtering information and making snap decisions. Review: "We are changing the environment. The average young person now spends nine hours a day exposing their brain to technology. Evolution is an advancement from moment to moment and what we are seeing is technology affecting our evolution."
Trend??? I'm high tech in a high touch place. I stood in line to vote with a guy who doesn't own a cell phone. I've now met two people who don't email -- my first this century. I guess that is what comes with the territory in Santa Fe, a place where you can still only give a 7-digit phone number, something I quit doing when Houston went to 10 digits in 1992. iBet iBrain would tell us that high touch was evolutionary, too.