Technological progress seems to have a certain inevitability. Over the last twenty years large organizations have undergone a transition from the scattered use of mobile phones to wide use of cell phone to blackberries and now to smart phones. We started with typewriters, note pads, pens, and marginally useful green screen email. Now we have dual flat screen monitors and tablets and chafe at how slow the organization’s intranet is.
At one point communications devices stuffed into a pocket consisted of a rack of ball-point pens and various pencils in a pocket protector. Which was universally mocked. But it is hard to avoid a disturbing notion that somehow we have come full circle. My wife commented the other morning on how pockets on clothing (like jackets) that were intended for cell phones no longer fit them. Smart phones seem to be growing larger as the distractions they provide no longer fit on the screen. The smart phone has supplanted the pens in the pocket protector and spread from the geeks into nearly everyone’s pockets.
Locutus was right. Resistance was futile. We have been assimilated.