Analog & Digital Worlds

Dear reader,

Our world is, of course, extremely different from thirty years ago. More specifically, when comparing the computer technology of the 21st century with the previous one, we can say that nowadays we live definitely in a digital world! The former (and old) analog world was very different…

Without being so detailed here we can state that the Internet conception was initiated in the middle of 60’s in US when the first research and development plans started, i.e., Merit Network, Inc. was founded (it runs the longest regional computer network in the world) and ARPANET ( Advanced Research Projects Agency Network) was created.

The Internet as we know today, really started in the beginning of the 90’s when existent computer networks were merged, the WWW (World Wide Web) was invented by the English scientist Tim Berners-Lee and Mosaic, the first popular web browser, was released.

While the last ten years  of the 20th century can be considered as a natural transformation (although sometimes not so smooth) of the previous analog world to our current digital word, the creation of the first social networks (have you heard of GeoCities?) in the middle of the 90’s can be considered as the initial seed for our digital world.

Therefore if you were born:

  • on this century, all your existence has been only in this digital word,
  • between 1990 and 1999 you had a very small glimpse of the analog world too,
  • before 1990 you had a small or a complete experience of our previous world!  😉

It’s amazing (and scary too) how ubiquitous and pervasive all kinds of electronics gadgets have been present in our lives on a daily basis. If before it were only personal computers and notebooks, nowadays we’re surrounded by smart phones, tablets, smart TVs, etc.

If by one side we’re able to contact anyone in almost any part of the globe in real-time and access news, programs, etc at anytime and anywhere, on the other side our communication skills have been eroding…

Personally I feel frustrated when I see almost everybody in a train just looking at their own smart phones or tablets. It’s very uncommon to see someone start a conversation with a stranger…  😦

Maybe I’m exaggerating, but I think we’re becoming extremely dependent on machines for everything, even to start human relationships!

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What do you think, dear reader? Do you agree with me or not?  😉

Best Regards from this analog man based in Japan  🙂

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