A Review of the First Decade of the New Millennium

“Technology is technology only for people who are born before it was invented.” Alan Kay

As we come to the end of the first decade of this millennium one can’t help but wonder what the first 10 years brought us 100 years ago.  A quick search of history shows some of the significant technological events:

  • First electric typewriter
  • First portable camera by Kodak Eastman
  • First test flight by the Wright Brothers in North Carolina
  • First Yellow Pages is invented
  • An animated cartoon is invented
  • First Ford Model T is sold
As we look at 2000 – 2010, it seems the lifespan of products / companies / inventions are much shorter.  Take for example Napster, with over 26 million users in Feburary 2001, they filed for bankruptcy protection in June 2002 (mainly because it was shut down).  The iPod was introduced in 2001 and at the end of 2010 the iPhone and iPad are set to take command of that marketspace as we move into the next decade.  It will be interesting to see whether these significant technological inventions will outlast their predecessors, Google to the YellowPages, the tablet to the electric typewriter, the 3D television to the animated cartoon, and the hybrid/electric/fuel cell vehicles to the first Ford Model T.  One thing is for sure – we as digital immigrants – those of us who didn’t grow up with technology will need to continuously learn and adapt to those who have seen the rise and fall of technologies within a decade.


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