Future Generations and Computers

Discussion in 'Community' started by Mechcozmo, Mar 26, 2005.

  1. Mechcozmo macrumors 603


    Jul 17, 2004
    Right now we, as a human race, are going between generations. A generation that didn't have computers, didn't have the internet, etc. Now, 6 year old kids are able to play games on the internet, talk with each other using instant messaging software. Their parents don't really have a clue as to what they can do.

    Fast forward 20 years or so.

    What will happen to them as parents, when their kids can do what they were doing as kids? What will they be able to do differently?

    Or will technology have changed so much that kids now can't keep up? I doubt this, because kids today have learned to adapt to change even if they don't know exactly why yet.

    Any thoughts on this?
  2. brap macrumors 68000

    May 10, 2004
    Slide rule, pocket calculator, aeroplane, telephone, television, radio, motor car, ...
    change is constant, and humanity has been dealing with it since dot.

    I do agree the universality of the computer 'revolution' gives it a certain importance, but it's no different in principle, really. My eleven year old brother will be in exactly the same position as my fifty year-old parents, in thirty-nine years' time :)
  3. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Sure the world is changing as always, and we've been able to adapt accordingly, but it's changing much much faster than ever (arguably a result of the massive population increases). It scares me to think that when I have kids they will probably know far more about technology than me. But that's just the nature of being young and having a more absorbing brain.

    Something about old dogs and new tricks! ;)
  4. Phat_Pat macrumors 68000


    May 8, 2004
    I Live Where I Live
    Change is good (usually). And i'll be very willing to adapt.

    Out with the old in with the new :p
  5. apple2991 macrumors 6502

    May 20, 2004
    We need to revert back to a state of naturalism and lessen the universality of technology in our lives. The importance of nature and a personal understanding and appreciation for it is vital for any progression of the human race. Without this respect of one's surroundings, societal regression will occur and we will see a time we have never seen before--a time of complete artificial surroundings.

    Your question is irrelevant because such a reality will not exist for much longer if the human population continues the current way of life.

    But me, I look forward to having "the talk" with my son about internet porn. And asking if he can get some for me.
  6. miloblithe macrumors 68020


    Nov 14, 2003
    Washington, DC
    I remember feeling at 20-some years old that I had something of an advantage in the job market in that I had grown up using computers my whole life and understood how to use them better than most people. Now that I've passed 30 and haven't really gained many computer skills, I don't feel that way at all. I think most of these kids today (god I love that expression) know 1000 times what I know, growing up with Macs and PCs instead of CP/M and C64s.

    Nature of the beast. I do agree that this is a generational divide, but in that sense its no different from television and commercial airplane travel, radio and the oil-powered ocean liner, the railroad and the telegraph. On the other hand, it's a lot easier to figure out how to watch TV than it is to use a computer. Still, I did teach my 90-year old grandmother to send email.
  7. SFVCyclone macrumors 6502a

    Feb 24, 2005
    Pasadena, Ca
    it will be weird, i still remember getting my performa 6116cd when i was in 6th grade, and now my 9 year old sister does not know life with out a computer, it is just there, just like most people dont think of life with out a washing machine or a boiler for warm water. In this little village in mexico where my parents are from, well once i went for a month and i had to wash all my clothes by hand on a board and hang dry it, and if i wanted to shower with warm water well i had to make a little fire in order to warm up the water. how is that for a change of lifestyle? and i still love going back. :)
  8. ziwi macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2004
    Right back where I started...
    Computers will be what we thought of typewriters to them. I can see computer implants providing information - we could end up turning into cyborgs - or as was stated above a total 180 on technology because it just complicats life and revert to a more natural simple way and shun personal technology.
  9. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    Technology has gone in directions that nobody thought it would in, say, the 1980s. I see no reason why it won't continue this trend. This includes Apple and their Mac line of computers.
  10. maya macrumors 68040


    Oct 7, 2004
    somewhere between here and there.

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