Forgive me, I am indulging myself with one of my “why” blogs again. I am completely confused by the technological advances we have made in some areas while completely ignoring other areas that are quite important in everyday life to me and countless others. I will ask you to stop for a moment and review my thoughts on areas that we should be focusing a little more attention on to really improve the quality of our lives.
I believe most of you reading this can remember a time when the only phone you owned was at home, attached to the wall and there it remained. If the phone rang, you would have to walk over to its location and answer it. If you were not home, the person trying to reach you would need to call back.
How far we have come! Now we have smart phones that can text, organize our days, keep our calendar, send and receive emails, be our phonebook, play music and games, take pictures, record video sending it instantly to Facebook or CNN, and even pinpoint our location in the world at a moment’s notice. That’s right, no more arguments about stopping at the nearest gas station to ask for directions.
All of this on a machine that measures slightly larger than a cassette tape, unless you own a Jitterbug of course! But yet, with one wrong move in any direction you can immediately lose reception and even drop your call. Yes, I know you too have done the silly gyration, moving up and down and all around to try to get the perfect spot to hear the person on the line and then remained frozen in that vogue-looking state for the remainder of the call. Maybe they could remove a couple of the less popular features in the phone and use that space to put in a more powerful antenna. Just a suggestion!
Oh yeah, there are no cassette tapes anymore. I know mentioning eight track tapes will date me so we will leave them out of this except to say; do you remember how huge they were! We have advanced to CDs and downloads to our IPods, we now can have at our fingertips at a moment’s notice thousands of songs all on a machine the size of a credit card. Amazing!
All this and yet there have been little in the way of advancements really important to me. So listen up inventors. Let’s make a real impact on my world. I have too many appliances cluttering my cabinets that serve only one purpose. Why can’t someone invent a toaster that will also blend my smoothie so I can have breakfast more quickly and make clean up easier? Or a microwave that will vacuum my living room while it’s popping my popcorn, now that would be multi-tasking. Wouldn’t that be cool!
I think my dishwasher should double as a washer and dryer. It could wash and dry my dishes and instantly convert to do the same for my clothes, with the added bonus of the steam from the dishwasher drying cycle, steaming the wrinkles right out of the clothes, I could then rid myself of the iron and the ironing board, eliminating two additional pieces.
I also have a quesadilla maker; I have no idea why I bought it. It’s very big and is a pain to clean; once again it is only good for one purpose. I would like it much better if it could also bake homemade bread, and since you are listening, if you could include an option to bake a loaf smaller than the current size options of huge and big enough to feed Kate plus her eight.
Let’s think about books for a moment. I love books, I love looking at the covers of books, I love how they feel in my hands, I hate book sleeves and always remove them immediately. I keep my favorite books naked in a stack on my desk. Will I really have to hold the cold hard casing of an eBook reader in the future if I want to sink into the depths of a wonderful story? I am not sure I can do it. I know I sell tons of eBooks, and I am grateful for that fact, but I worry that all these people buying them won’t feel the warmth and sincerity of my words through the cold computer screen.
I know for me it will be a difficult transition because I cannot even fathom not being in the grips of a book with pages and a cover that has personality and style. If we must make this change to cold hard machines to read books on, could you please design one with a beautiful red textured cover that resembles an old fashioned book? Maybe something I could tuck the reader in and at least remember the good old days when I could still underline important parts, tuck in sticky notes in places I need to go back to reread sections and dog-ear pages. How do you share books with dear friends? Do they have to borrow the machine? It makes no sense to me.
Now about cars. I know we now have cars that parallel park and even stop on their own. That’s all nice but I would love to have one that can steer for you when you need to answer the phone or send a text. Maybe even one that would take over so you can finish your make up if you are running late to a speech. Now these are advances I could embrace.
I know how to stop my car and I never have to parallel park because I don’t mind driving around until I find a spot that doesn’t require that skill. So could you please remove the stopping and parking and provide some real solutions! Also, while we are speaking about it, if you could fix the gas gauge so that when it shows empty and the little red tank light comes on you really have enough gas to get back home from where ever you are, that way you could have the option of asking someone else fill it up for you.
So if you people at the top that are making the decisions that affect our lives want to sell more products, then you need to start thinking about how the average person is going to use and apply these amazing advances you are creating, to their everyday life. Stop giving us things we don’t need or even have the time to figure out how to use. Begin to change and enrich our lives with small things that will make a difference for us each and every day.
Here is an idea! I trade in my smart phone for a slightly less intelligent model that comes with an antenna, includes an instruction book in English, and directions that I can easily understand. Now that would be a great start!