Row 11A at 37,000 feet. It’s a beautiful spring day and I’m off to another meeting. And thinking. Forty-one years ago when I first started working for a living, the world was very similar, yet very different. You could travel across the U.S. in hours on a jet aircraft – but the experience was a bit different; the ability to fax a document existed but it took multi-thousand dollar equipment – and six minutes per page; we were still fascinated with autos, but gasoline was about $0.30 a gallon and there were no such vehicles as SUVs with built in GPS and Bluetooth. Closest vehicle to a SUV was a VW Transporter – and you were more than likely a Hippie and had “turned-on and dropped-out.” What’s really changed is telecommunications – or should I say mobile communications?
The ability to instantly communicate with anyone at anytime and anywhere in the world is amazing when you think about it. We are seeing a communication revolution which is similar to what happened when Johann Guttenberg developed print in Europe. The tsunami of ideas which engulfed the world over the following 150 years was due to an invention which easily allowed ideas to flow to anyone who wanted them. With today’s mobile media, we are just scratching the surface of possibilities. Some are fascinating. Some are down right scary. Yet, it is truly remarkable how many of us “boomers” have easily made the transition to this new world. I don’t think I want to go back to the ‘70s, but I’m really curious as to what communication will be like in about 10-15 years. And yes, print will still be around. Beam me up Scotty.