9 Jun

When I was a teenager in the ’80s, my parents finally got a microwave oven and a VHS VCR…they both seemed so “high-tech” back then.
The microwave could heat food in literally seconds! It seemed so “futuristic”! And the VCR allowed us to program it to record a TV show while we weren’t at home so that we could watch it later! How convenient!
(Never mind that no one could actually understand how to program it…even setting the clock on it was a chore!)

I think every housewife had a copy of this video in the ’80s when VCRs became popular.

Other “new” technology back then were CD players, the “Walkman“, and video games. They were all so popular.

(Click here and read a post I wrote a while back about the Walkman).

In the ’80s, everyone was surprised how “small” this music player was!

A popular TV show when I was in junior high was “Knight Rider“. It was about a vigilante and his “partner”…a super-intelligent Trans-Am that was bullet-proof (even the tires!) and it could do an endless array of unbelievable things. But the three things it did in every episode were: carry on a “witty” conversation with it’s driver and/or whomever else was near it, drive itself and “turbo-boost” over things.
I couldn’t wait for cars like that to become reality!

How often would this really be necessary?

A teacher of mine in the ’80s once told my classmates and me that by the time we were thirty there would be “flying cars”. Obviously that didn’t happen! What a let-down!

I was looking forward to this!

Another “high-tech” item that my family got was I was a kid was a “push-button” telephone with a “re-dial” button. It seems so ordinary now…but it was such a time-saver compared to how telephones had been until then!

Remember these? Yes? Then you must be at least my age. πŸ˜‰

Now we have a huge variety of technology all around us that we would have never dreamed of even twenty years ago.
For example, when I was dating my wife, one time I misunderstood our meeting place and we couldn’t find each other. That date was lost!
Today’s young people couldn’t imagine such a thing happening because they grew up after cell-phones were invented and became something that everyone carries at all times—like a wallet and keys. If my wife and I had cell-phones when we were dating, my mistake wouldn’t have been an incident at all.

The internet and computers are extremely convenient and useful. They can do so many things and are practical in our daily lives now.
I have had a cell-phone with internet-access for a number of years now…I can barely remember how I used to “kill time” on the train during my daily commute before I had a cell-phone!

Nowadays, nearly everyone uses the phone on the trains in Japan.

But all of this new technology isn’t always good.
When I came to Japan, I had no idea what to expect. There was no internet back then.
And when I got here, everything was different and unusual to me!
But nowadays, most people never travel anywhere without “researching” the destination online first. Nothing’s a surprise! Is that always good?

And there are often stories in the news about people (usually teenagers) bullying others online. It’s regrettable.

I wonder what new technology we’ll see in the future.

9 Responses to “Technology”

  1. stargazingfox August 6, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

    Liked the post, and I remember watching re-runs of Knight Rider on a specialty channel via satellite when I was a kid. The car in Knight Rider isn’t a Trans-Am though, its actually a Camaro (my dad has one that’s identical)


    • tokyo5 August 6, 2012 at 7:07 pm #

      A Camero is a cool car. But neither the “original” KITT in the first Knight Rider of the ’80s, nor the second-generation KITT from the 2000’s Knight Rider were Chevrolet cars.

      The first one was a 1982 Pontiac Trans-Am and the “new” one was a 2008 Ford Shelby.


  2. gigihawaii June 12, 2012 at 12:24 am #

    I am really backwards technologically. I still don’t own, much less know how to operate, an iPhone, iPod, iPad, etc.


    • tokyo5 June 12, 2012 at 7:15 am #

      They’re not difficult to use once you get used to them … and they’re convenient — especially a smart phone. It’s so much better than any cellphone I’ve had before!


  3. tokyo5 June 11, 2012 at 7:04 am #

    >… nearly everyone uses their phones on the trains in Japan.

    Actually I’m writing this on my phone as I’m riding the train to work right now.


  4. Dad June 10, 2012 at 9:49 pm #

    I remember that well, you said “welcome to the 20th century”.


    • tokyo5 June 10, 2012 at 10:25 pm #

      Yeah, sorry Dad… I was always a bit sarcastic! I wouldn’t be surprised now though if one of my kids said a similar thing to me regarding the 21st century!

      It’d be poetic justice, I suppose. πŸ™‚


      • Dad June 11, 2012 at 1:43 am #

        Not a problem, I thought it was funny.


      • tokyo5 June 11, 2012 at 7:02 am #

        Actually I got my sense of humor from you! And my daughters inherited from me… they crack me up sometimes!


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