The future is now

05/13/2011

Have you heard the old saying “may you live in interesting times”? This proverb appears as a blessing that doubles as a curse.

Interesting times equate to constant change and upheaval. The peace and tranquility of uninteresting times are long gone.

Without a doubt, we are living in interesting times. In fact, let’s face it: we live in a science fiction universe.

Sure, we don’t have flying cars or teleportation or ray guns (yet). But, even so, we live in an era of amazing advances with more coming each day.

You have instant access to any information that you need at any time you want it. Product literature, book and restaurant reviews, encyclopedias, vacation destinations, song lyrics, dictionaries, pricing on almost anything … the list goes on and on.

You can collaborate and share with co-workers, family and friends with a blink of an eye. Family photos, a new restaurant, advice requests, personal videos, funny cat photos … again, the list goes on and on.

You can connect and stay connected with like-minded individuals in the manner you choose and for as long as you choose. There are groups and social networking sites for every hobby, line of work, interest, you name it.

And each and every day there are new sources of information and means to connect: Email, instant messenger, Google, Yahoo, NetFlix, Flickr, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, SocialCast, Yammer, Yelp, Skype, smart phones, iPhones, Droids, tablets, iPads … it’s hard to keep up.

How to choose? Which one is best? And … will my choice be around tomorrow?  How do we know?

These are just some of the questions that plague us in this brave new world. We’ll continue these thoughts next time.

Thanks for reading – see you soon!

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