I Thought Today Was Saturday

September 19, 2008 - 2 Comments

We don’t set alarms in our house anymore (unless we have to get up wayyyyy early for a flight or tee time) because we can count on our 19-month old son Jack getting us up between 6:30 and 7:00. So, my morning technology has been relegated to the rubbage heap. Which means, of course, that if our non-electronic alarm clock (aka Jack) goes haywire then I might wake up on a Friday and think it is Saturday. I rarely set alarms on Saturday, so this was where my confusion stemmed from. No alarm = Saturday. However, that was all pre-Jack.Jack got us up at about 4 this morning. Teething. I went into his room, got him out of his crib and sat in the rocker with him. He calmed down and we both drifted a bit to sleep. I have no idea how long we were sitting there, but I got up slowly, laid him back down in his crib, covered him with his favorite puppy dog blanket and went back to bed. A short time later (not sure what time), he was wailing again. It used to be a game of “if I wail, will you come get me and bring me into bed,” but he has been a good sleeper lately and I knew his teeth were hurting him. So, I went and got him and brought him into bed. He went back to sleep. I wasn’t too worried about getting up or lack of sleep, because it’s Saturday so I could nap when he napped later in the day. But, wait, it’s FRIDAY! Which I re-learned when I officially woke up. The body and mind can play mean tricks on you. We rely on technology to keep us on track. A colleague missed a meeting with me the other day because her calendar reminder for our meeting didn’t work, so she worked right through our meeting. I know my parents home phone number and my wife’s cell number and that’s about it…the rest of them are stored in my phone.Technology can do a lot for us. I could and should be better on filing my work documents in an orderly and efficient way, but I know that I can always do a search for them and find them…not so efficient, but reliable. As more and more intelligence goes into the network (and into technology overall) our preferences will be registered and our intelligent technology will make decisions based on our past preferences and past decisions…which, after all is pretty much what we do ourselves…a la, I liked the panang gai at one Thai restaurant, so I’ll probably like it at another…or something like that.We don’t know exactly what the future holds in technology, but intelligence IS coming into the network more and more and allowing us anytime, anywhere access to information. Will this make our brains soft since we don’t have to remember much any more? Or, will we just do a lot more crosswords and sudoku to keep the briain sharp? Who knows?One Cisco employee has some of his own ideas on where the future of technology is moving. Dave Evans is the chief technologist in our Internet Business Solutions Group (our business consulting group). He recently spoke with the Financial Times about what he thinks is coming in the future of technology. You can read that FT article here. Included in the Q&A is this little nugget: “Looking further ahead, what will business look like in 2020?: Businesses will have a lot more processing power. A $1,000 computer will have the raw processing power of the human brain.”For me, I’m still not going to set alarm clocks…and, I’m very happy to know that tomorrow IS Saturday. Have a good weekend.

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  1. I remember those days well – crack of dawn wake up calls from all three of my boys. Then they get bigger, become teenagers and the alarms are pressed back into service again because nothing shifts the teens out of bed. Enjoy the baby stage while it lasts – they grow up very quickly. The ‘nugget’ you mention on the thousand dollar computer having the raw processing power of the human brain has been around for a while though – I believe the first wide exposure for this factoid came with the ‘Did You Know’ viral, but I would be interested to source its origin. The children and young people who have ready access to existing technology and who will lead us to the next phase of applications and widgetry have a very different and creative view of ‘doing business’ and living life. The phone’s the thing – and waking them up is the last thing it gets used for. Creating and connecting virtual businesses in virtual worlds is one of the ways they are headed having cut their teeth in Spore, Lively and other online playgrounds. I suspect that their social conscience is such that they will also do a great deal to bridge the digital divide and reach out to others of their generation who have struggled to access clean water, let alone a phone or web-app.

  2. Be sure to back those cell phone #’s up. I almost had to learn the hard way 😉