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No Longer Amazed


I’m no longer amazed by technology and social media, which the former makes possible. We live in the era of Murphy’s Law where the processor doubles every 6 months. When Elon Musk introduced Hyperloop, it made sense, a big egg that shoots you on a smooth roller coaster ride from city to city in no time. Apple’s iWatch is an extension of the smartphone but it’s made for the wrist.

But the Smartphone, now that was groundbreaking. You mean I can carry around a computer on the go in my pocket? Everything after that is merely an extension of “smart.” Smart machines like Nest are just an extension of the Internet of things. Cars are ripe to be made “smart.”

Everything that gets created today is a transformation of something that already exists. I’m not belittling incremental innovation. What I’m saying is that I’m not surprised these innovations are happening. They’re the logical next step.

Whatever we dream can become a reality for us. So can what we predict. Just look at what came before us, reshape it, and then magnify it.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.