Technology’s Next Great Moment

“The most profound technologies are those that disappear. They weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they are indistinguishable from it.” – Mark Weiser, The Computer for the Twenty-First Century, 1991


The Moment when you first fall in love (and when you fall out.) The Moment when you learn something new, reconnect with something old or create something greater than your imagination can hold.

Your first job. Your first child. Your first risk and your first failure. These Moments are the fabric of our existence – and while we can’t change them, they do, invariably, change us.

Technology has had many key Moments, going back to the stone tablet and printing press to the telegraph, telephone, TV and now the Internet. Today, we stand at the edge of technology’s next great Moment, perhaps the greatest of all.

The Moment when it all disappears.

Technology used to separate us. We hid behind it – chat rooms, e-mail, texting, clunky systems and tools that created barriers. Rather than bring us together, technology pushed us apart. We spoke in a different language, our devices making us less human.

We talked and exchanged information more than ever before – but at a personal, emotional level, we said less. We communicated, but we didn’t connect.

This is all changing now.

Technology no longer makes us do more work; it works for us in the background. It is becoming invisible yet always there, always at the ready.

With our devices and technology moving out of the way, we can begin to re-establish the real human connections we all crave – connections not between people and machines, but between people because of machines.

This is the Moment when technology becomes truly invisible so that we can be more present.

Erase old boundaries. Embrace your new freedom. Have an idea that changes you – and, just maybe, that changes the world.

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