I still wonder at the marvels of modern science, like the Internet for example, which allows me to sit in the Mugg & Bean in Mushriff Mall, Abu Dhabi and write this blog post all the while sipping a Serious Cappuccino. I realise that for most of my readers this is something they have grown up with and is no big deal for them. Using the Internet in a coffee shop that is, not sipping a Serious Cappuccino.
Just to put things into perspective, I can remember, when I worked at the Natal Mercury in the mid 1970s, being told by one of our engineers that one of these days we would be wearing our phones on our belts. I remember looking at him incredulously. 'Wear our phones on our belts'? How ridiculous. It would require a hell of a long cord.
I have now become so used to 'wearing my phone on my belt' that I laughed out loud watching a re-run of an old 60s television series called The Saint. The Saint was a sort of James Bond character played by Roger Moore.
In the scene that created my moment of mirth The Saint is driving in his Aston Martin and needs to make an urgent phone call. You see him frantically scouring his surroundings until he spies a red booth on the side of the road. He screams to a halt, jumps out of the car and heads into the bright red tickey box to make his call.
It was not only the fact that he had to jump out of his car to make his call, but that in those days you could make a call for a 'tickey', the equivalent of 2 1/2 cents. How far we have progressed since those days, so much so that it is laughable that people would have to go to the lengths The Saint had to to do something so simple as make a phone call. How did we manage?
So the question arises dear reader, when you are an old fart like me, will you be laughing at old movies showing people using their iPhones, in the same sort of way I did when watching Roger Moore jumping out of his Aston to use the tickey box?
The real question is - what sort of phone technology will be available in 40 to 50 years time? Will there be any physical hardware at all or will the technology be planted inside us? Imagine the iPhone of the 2060s. Could it be a device implanted which could make and receive phone calls, monitor our blood sugar levels, regulate our heartbeats and even do things like introduce the correct dose of insulin based on the current blood sugar level for diabetics?
Such a suggestion is no less fanciful today as the suggestion that you could 'wear your phone on your belt' was 30 years ago. What do you guys think future phone technology might look like?