15 November 2010 by in Just Writing, 2 Comments

The Future! I think a lot about the future. I guess that makes me a type of futurist or more accurately a futurologists. I don’t try to predict coming events, but I can spend an inordinate amount of time imagining what possibilities the future holds for humanity.

Everyone has seen those magazine covers illustrating flying cars hovering around a city skyline of tomorrow. Half of the fun of imagining what the future will be like is remembering what we used to picture the future would look like, before it became our present.

Stories like 1984 and 2001 are great fun to look back on. As are the films of today that describe varying degrees of a future filled with progress or humans as slaves to robots. For the most part, today isn’t much different than 1990. Replace the Discman with the iPod and not much has changed.

Sure some culture lines have blurred, some political structures have been altered, but overall we still live our lives daily like we did back then. Technology has shaped how we communicate, but it’s not like we weren’t communicating before. We just had to pick up a phone and make a call. It’s the tools, not humanity that changes over time.

This brings me to my though on the future. I am going to stop referring to my iPhone as a telephone. It’s my Self-contained Personal Communication and Organization Device. My SPCOD. That’s right, I’m going to change the future of human communication and I’m starting with a truly awful acronym.

Got a better one? Let’s hear it! I’m opening up the floor for suggestions. Tell me how you use your SPCOD and how you would like it to revolutionize human connectivity.

2 Responses to “SPCOD”

  1. Trey Gramann 19 November 2010 at 12:44 pm #

    You are exactly right. As a futurist I study history. I find that we are exactly the same as we were 2,500 years ago – except for the technology. Ample records of Rome even show people argued about the same things we argue about now. If anything, we are weaker and dumber than they were. We have done well in building tech on top of tech and it is impressive.

    Technology can be lost too. The library at Alexandria had texts on Calculus well before Newton for example. And the Romans knew how to make cement, a simple thing, and that knowledge was lost. Can you imagine if castles had been made of cement? The should have been.

    So we come to the cell phone. Have you ever left it at home? I did that once and looked like a crack addict needing a fix all day long. It is the one tech that never gets more than three feet away from you (yes, I set mine next to the shower).

    My phone is more than a phone. I propose ‘ME’. Either because it really defines me, or because it is My Everything.


    • Joey McGirr 23 November 2010 at 8:48 am #

      Three words: I love that! My SPCOD is ME too!

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