Time to get excited again
When I first started writing about technology, the focus was on how cool and exciting everything was.
The news story I ever wrote was called Google’s Wave drowns out Microsoft’s Bing hype
(the original image got lost in TNW server changes over the years). It was a time when every week seemed to bring something new and exciting. I mean, in that late May week nine years ago, Microsoft launched Bing and Google launched Wave, a crazily powerful (for the time) collaboration platform.
Neither Bing nor Wave is exciting these days, but the ‘thrill of the new’ was very real back then, and early adopters lusted after invites to the latest hot service in closed beta.
Now we’re all a lot more jaded. One subscriber to this newsletter told me the things I write about sometimes get a bit depressing, and they’d prefer me to be more upbeat.
New gadgets and apps aren’t as novel or thrilling as they used to be, and at the same time, the dark side of technology’s influence on society has become all too apparent. So it’s understandable that we’re not quite as excited about it all as we were a decade ago.
But that reader does have a point. A.I. is getting smarter every day. New materials like graphene are set to help us make stronger and lighter products. Once fatal illnesses are no longer death sentences. Booster rockets can land vertically for future reuse! Cars can drive themselves, and we just take it in our stride!
If we stop for a minute and think about it, we’re living in an incredible time. So let’s not always be so down about it, eh?