Many people never stop to think about the terms, products and capabilities that literally did not exist a 10 or 20 years ago. We forget the days when we were not so easily connected to information and the rest of the world. Here are a few fun thoughts about technologies that didn’t exist 10 – 20 years ago…. Image how different things would have been if they had existed?

It’s TV, It’s Digital Content, It’s Both

We won’t even mention Netflix, Hulu and the lot! Let’s get right into the fact that it’s fairly commonplace to “stream” content from your computer directly to your television. It has and will continue to shape the way we watch our favorite media. Google chromecast is only one of a myriad of options to complete this task. A lot sure has changed since the days of the original MTV. 

There’s DEFINITELY an App for That

It seems so normal now but there wasn’t always an app for everything from the game solitaire to SHAKE, an app that let’s the common person create binding and fairly comprehensive contracts for freelancers and entrepreneurs. It’s really mind boggling to think that you never used one before 2007-2008!

Global Positioning System, Commonly Referred to as GPS

I literally left my house last week and used the GPS on my iPhone to go 6 miles. Embarrassed much? We are all guilty of it. Today we use the GPS on our smart phones for getting to and from place to place today more than any other device – digital or traditional. (And by traditional, we are referring to those big old paper maps that were a nightmare to refold and were always outdated). A little known fact, however, is that the GPS, originally developed by the US for military, has been in existence since the early 1970’s. However, it did not become fully functional for the government until mid 90s and eventually made available to the public in the late 90s. 

We’ve Always Been a Social People, Haven’t We?

We all know what social networks are but what we don’t know is what we did before we got them. Our news, gossip, birthday wishes, career accolades, shared ugly baby pictures etc. are found on these social networks that didn’t exist before the internet… 

Which Brings Us Here…The Internet.

Okay; how was I supposed to get you a picture of the Internet? 

It may surprise you that the internet, while relatively new to the public, has in some form been in use by the US and other governments since the 1960’s. Academia was allowed some access to the internet in the 80’s and we the public, received the World Wide Web and the internet in the 1990’s.

It is amazing to think about how far we have come as a society in the last 50 years, but even more so in the last 15 years. What will the next 15 years bring us? We welcome you to share your thoughts!