Douglas Adams and how we think about technology

My good friend @RhianHowells sent me this excellent piece written by Douglas Adams back in 1999 – How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Internet what really caught my attention is his own views on how we all think about technology.

I have always said that a TV is a technology to our grandparents but not to us but Douglas Adams puts it across much more eloquently than I could ever manage! So here is his view:

  • Everything that’s already in the world when you’re born is just normal;
  • Anything that gets invented between then and before you turn thirty is incredibly exciting and creative and with any luck you can make a career out of it;
  • Anything that gets invented after you’re thirty is against the natural order of things and the beginning of the end of civilisation as we know it until it’s been around for about ten years when it gradually turns out to be alright really.

Apply this list to movies, rock music, word processors and mobile phones to work out how old you are.