The Joy of Geekery

Lying in bed this week, knocked out by one of these bugs going round, I wondered what my seven-year-old self would have made of the entertainment and tools at my disposal.

Once I woke up I quickly devoured the remaining articles from the weekend’s papers, and then started looking for something else to keep me entertained. Being a geek, I hooked my laptop up to the network, downloaded some video files off my media PC and settled down to watch a bit of sci-fi that my seven-year-old self would definitely have appreciated. That seems so normal now, yet my seven-year-old eyes would have boggled at the concept.

It reminded me just how incredibly different the world is now to how it was just twenty-odd years ago. Today the sense of wonder that the Book of the Future inspired in me remains, but now the wonder is at real-life devices. It’s easy to take it all for granted, but sometimes we just have to take a step back and appreciate the wonder of some of the advances around us.

This post forms part of my Future of Technology series. For more posts on this subject, visit the Future of Technology page.

Tom Cheesewright

Futurist speaker Tom Cheesewright is one of the UK's leading commentators on technology and tomorrow. Tom has worked with a huge range of organisations across a variety of markets, to help them to see a clear vision of tomorrow, share that vision and respond with agility. Tom draws on his experience to create original, compelling talks that are keyed to the experience of the audience but which surprise and shock with unexpected facts and examples.

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