|Library assistant Norweita Graham |
displays a computer punch cardused in the
library's check-out system in 1969.
As computer technology evolves, so do people. That is to say, it almost seems like people evolve around the commercial technology, rather than the general population causing the evolution of it. I found Lev Manovich’s discussion on the trends of Flickr and YouTube videos particularly interesting and supportive of this idea. He mentions an explosion within a few months’ time in 2007 of image activity on Flickr tripling. A few months is a long time; not many savvy computer users in 2011 would find that statistic surprising. I certainly did not feel surprised while reading that section of Lev Manovich’s article, however when I think back on that as a newer image hosting website in 2007, the statistic is far more impressive. Ted Nelson wrote Computer Lib/Dream Machines with the intention of making the Internet and computer technology easily understandable and accessible to the general population. I feel as though there is evidence of this success in the popularity of image and other hosting sites that are now easily accessible and user friendly. Even though I have lived through the advance of the Internet and have had Internet access for most of my life, I was hardly aware of its history. This thought returns to the concept that technology evolves us. Computer users are so focused on the technology of right now that technology of the past hardly enters their minds. Doug Engelbart mentions, “we suspect that improving the effectiveness of the individual as he operates in our society should be approached as a system-engineering problem,” which—while published in 1962—is directly applicable to the concept that technology has become the new system engineer.
Friday, September 16, 2011
Technological Evolution/Human Evolution
Posted by Sara Sheldon-Rosson at 4:05:00 PM