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We pay no attention to crazy old guys with cameras when we're walking down the street with our cell phone

Note: this photo was published in a June 1, 2010 Technologeek blog, with the same title as the caption that I used on this Flickr page. It was also published in an Aug 19, 2010 blog titled "21 Tips to Get You from Here to There Safely." And it was published in a Nov 3, 2010 blog titled "Virtual Experiences Help Brands Win Friends, Influence People."

 

Moving into 2011, the photo was published in a Jan 26, 2011 blog Cool Cheap Old Used Computer Part images, with the same title and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page. It was also published in an Oct 5, 2011 blog titled Tolle Computerized Bilder as well as a Jan 15, 2012 blog posting with the same title, both with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page.

 

Moving into 2012, the photo was published in a May 25, 2012 blog titled "s 携帯電話を操作していたら噴水に転落!その危険はARメガネにも ⇒ 歩行中の携帯電話利用のマナー見直しを."

 

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Looking back on some old photos from 40-50 years ago, I was struck by how visible the differences were between the culture of then, versus the culture of now. In some cases, it was evident from the things people wore, or carried, or did, back then which they no longer do today. But sometimes it was the opposite: things that didn't exist back in the 1960s and 1970s have become a pervasive part of today's culture.

 

A good example is the cellphone: 20 years ago, it simply didn't exist. Even ten years ago, it was a relatively uncommon sight, and usually only on major streets of big cities. Today, of course, cell phones are everywhere, and everyone is using them in a variety of culture contexts.

 

However, I don't think this is a permanent phenomenon; after all, if you think back to the early 1980s, you probably would have seen a lot of people carrying Sony Walkmans, or "boom-box" portable radios -- all of which have disappeared...

 

If Moore's Law (which basically says that computers double in power every 18 months) holds up for another decade, then we'll have computerized gadgets approximately 100 times smaller, faster, cheaper, and better -- which means far better integration of music, camera, messaging, and phone, but also the possibility of the devices being so tiny that they're embedded into our eyeglasses, our earrings, or a tattoo on our forehead.

 

So the point of this album is to provide a frame of reference -- so that we can (hopefully) look back 10-20 years from now, and say, "Wasn't it really weird that we behaved in such bizarre ways while we interacted with those primitive devices?"

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Taken on May 25, 2009