What will tomorrow’s technology be for today’s tots?

After my husband explained to my 70-year-old mother that his new iPod Touch (a prize he won at a recent convention) held all the songs from all his CDs — about 48 hours of music — she looked at the newborn asleep in my arms. If we can fit a thousand songs in our pocket today, imagine what technology will be like when Owen is grown, she marveled.

Just think of the evolution she’s seen, from vinyl to 8-tracks to cassettes to CDs and mp3 players. From super computers that filled entire rooms to the laptop I’m typing this blog on, and even 3-year-old Eve’s toy laptop.

Heck, I’m struck by the changes in the technology we use to communicate, just in the time I’ve been a mom.

When Eve was born in 2008, I sent a mass e-mail to close friends, an idea that seems almost quaint now. I called relatives, and eventually put a few photos on Facebook. I didn’t text anyone.

To announce Owen’s arrival in August, my husband and I still called our closest family members. But I made the announcement over Facebook and Twitter and AreaVoices. We sent group text messages with cell phone pictures, and most of the visitors texted before stopping by. I wondered if it was really necessary to send out traditional birth announcement cards, considering most everyone on my mailing list was a Facebook friend and had seen Owen’s photos already.

Now as I watch Eve play on her toy computer, operate the real CD player in the living room, and figure out how to work her Dad’s iPod, I can only imagine what she’ll carry in her pocket 20 years from now. Or how Owen will let us know about the birth of a grandchild. A hologram, perhaps?

And I’m still figuring out how to Skype …

One thought on “What will tomorrow’s technology be for today’s tots?

  1. totally. we may well be having brain augmentation arguments with our future teenagers.

    “But Dad, all the other kids’ parents are letting them get auggies!”

    “Sorry son, you will have to wait until you are eighteen.”

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