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The Future is the New Norm

Being a new dad, I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on life during diaper changes and countless late night feedings. It’s amazing how much the world has changed since I was a kid, and even more spectacular when you consider the technology that has become the norm today.

When I was five, playing Super Mario Bros. on the NES was earth-shattering, and our school’s Apple IIe’s were the creme of the technological crop. I grew up fantasizing about a far-off future where cars would fly, hoverboards were common and everyone had a Star Trek-esque computers and “tricorders.”

It’s now 2010, and while I’m still waiting on my hoverboard, my daughter was born into a world where at least part of my childhood dreams have become reality. It’s hard to believe that she’ll never know a world without multi-touch screens, omni-powerful smart phones and video calling. I mean, seriously, step back from your geeky mindset and take a look at what’s commonplace now that was only fantasy a few years ago: Augmented reality, high def video from pint sized devices, eight different flavors of Mountain Dew… Unbelievable!

As I’m reflecting on all of this, it’s making me realize that the old school paradigms I’m used to designing for are being replaced with rules from a brave new world. When I design for the web, I now have to consider the experience as viewed from a multi-touch screen in a variety of scenarios. When I craft our marketing, I now consider social networking first and mailers last. The internet and affordable handheld gadgets have dramatically changed how people live their lives, and strategies from even a few years ago just aren’t cutting it any more. After all, we’re in the future now. The past is obsolete.

It’s funny; as I try to imagine the world Jovie will grow up in, I have a hard time picturing how things will progress from here. Holograms? Teleportation? Who knows, but we better get used to change. It’s here to stay.

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  1. matt (Reply) on June 14th, 2010

    I think similar things all the time. My kids will never know what a VCR tape is, why you need to blow out the SNES game cartridge, or even what a CRT monitor is. its crazy how fast things are changing too. lcd and plasma were hot stuff 5 years ago. now its old, and led / oled is new. 3d is new.

  2. David Tonen (Reply) on June 14th, 2010

    The world as we know it is indeed changing. What we have to remember though is that many of us are still on the leading edge of all this new technology. So, as we learn new ways to leverage it for great things, we need to be educators to those who are behind us. In church circles this is even more important. We need to do what we can to make sure churches are not left behind!

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