Wednesday, September 28, 2011
History and Technology
That is a photo of the card catalog of the Library of Congress around 1918. Now, many of us carry all that information and more around in our pocket. Less than a century later.
Which is why I'm always skeptical when I hear someone projecting what the future will be like in more than a fairly short period. Especially economists.
If someone in 1918 said "in less than a century, we'll fit all this onto something the size of a small book" they'd most likely land in an asylum.
(Prompted by a conversation today with a person who was quite adamantly telling me about the future of technology. I'm not saying that he was wrong; just that I'm skeptical that his predictions will be the actual reality.)
(Also, I thought Sweaterman would like the pic.)