quinta-feira, 29 de outubro de 2009

And now for something completely different

This post is not about books, or films, or music, or wines. It's about how far we've gone in terms of technology and tools to help us in our everyday life.
Yesterday, I got a call from my wife who's in Paris for a conference. She left the airport and took the subway to go to the hotel. And after half an hour looking for the hotel she called me and asked for directions. Never having been to that part of Paris was not an obstacle to the way in which I could help her. I turned on the computer, went to google maps and all she had to tell me was the street she was in. And there I was, 1000 kms from Paris giving directions about what she should be seeing and where she should turn without ever having been in that place. This is amazing. And the most amazing thing: it is completely natural to us and we don't even talk about it anymore. I just wanted to remind us about it.

2 comentários:

  1. Just a few weeks ago I was thinking the exact same thing as I was watching a video of a set of ads from 1993 about what the future was going to be (check it out here: http://www.antoniolopes.com/weblog/thefutureasitwasviewedin1993).

    It's amazing how some of the things in those ads are so normal for us now, but we don't even consider how they were "magic" for people just 16 years ago :-)

  2. I just saw the video you mentioned. It´s incredible how accurate they were. I think I´m going to watch their current ads, so I can play on the stock market.