The spiral of technology
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The spiral of technology

The bottom line motivation of technology firms is to make money. The only way they can do that is to keep adding features and functionalities to their offerings as to make them more attractive. Add to this the subsidization and cross-product discounts by subscription companies (eg cell phones/internet/cable TV) that make the availability of ICT more prevalent and at low cost. Substantial amounts of money is also spent on developing new products that use existing technologies (like the Kimble eBook reader) or on developing completely new and sometimes disruptive technologies (like wireless power transmission).

So generally technology continues to develop at a rate that outpaces the general population’s absorption capacity, and just when you thought its all been done, out comes a new disruptive technology (what BluRay is doing to DVD) . Not that it’s a bad thing, but let’s face it only 10 % of all functionalities available in gadgets is actually understood, utilised or applied to their full potential.

The technology is not evolving itself; yes its probably back-office/university type of environments where disruptive technologies are seeded, but its in everyday use that its developed and evolved. Gadgets and comm’s technologies compliment each other in its own evolution. Each one exploits the functionalities available in the other, then a new idea in one forces a requirement in the other etc. Bottom line is that they grow together. We just have to be part of that growth.

On the other hand, us humans only have a finite capacity to understand, absorb and utilize new technology. We try to keep pace with it, but the moment we pause it becomes that much harder to get back on board as the technology has moved streaks ahead. At that point not only do we lose touch with the fundamentals of the technology but we become dependent on the technology firms and gurus to advise what the ‘right thing’ to buy is.