Taking Innovation For Granted

Have you ever thought about the advancements in technology and how easily we take things for granted?  The following clip is from Louis C.K. when he was on Conan O’Brien a few years ago.  This is an amazing 4 minutes that everyone who knows anything about technology should pay close attention to.  It made me realize how quickly we can take things for granted.

Things move quickly.  Look at what the social web has done.  Millions of apps.  Marketing and advertising has been impacted.  I new category in mobile computing was created (thank you Steve Jobs).

So the next time you start to complain about not having wireless or you have to wait a few extra seconds for your phone to find something on the web, think back 10 years ago.  Did you think any of this was possible then?









43 thoughts on “Taking Innovation For Granted

  1. It is amazing the speed at which technology is progressing, isn’t it? I often look at my children, who are 9 and 11, and wonder what their lives will “look like” when they’re adults…

    Great food for thought in this post. Thank you!


  2. I think technology actually would work on our advantage or disadvantage depending on how we use it. We should use it as a means to like make our lives easier but not in the sense that we entirely depend on it.

  3. My grandfather died this past weekend. My family is in Michigan. I live in South Korea. Through the magic of technology, I was able to watch my grandfather’s funeral through the internet and Skype. I was even able to deliver my own eulogy. This would have been impossible 15 years ago. Life may suck, but everything else is awesome.

  4. What happens when tech fails.

    My area recently had a power outage. I sat outside, looked at the stars and used my phone to FB.

    When my phone died I took a drive, charged my phone and went to Pinkberry. I went back home and ate frozen yogurt by candlelight. It was a very romantic alone moment for me.

  5. I love this guy’s perspective. My family still has a 1998 computer in our home. Even though we don’t use Ultra Obsolete very often, it serves as a reminder of what was not posssible only 13 years ago. I should be amazed that we can get internet without waiting for dial-up. But still I want a brand new computer with the latest version of Photoshop. 🙂

  6. I remember very clearly being aware of the first cell phone over thirty years ago. I lived in an apartment in Addison, Texas. Across the street was a record store that I visited often. One day while shopping the tapes, a man entered the store with a huge samsonite type suitcase. It was black in color. It started ringing from inside the case. One customer remarked, “That’s a cell phone in his case.” The man lifted the heavy case on a desk in the store and opened it. Inside was a regular black telephone with a cord to a section in the case. The man lifted up the receiver and said, “Hello.” That my friends, was the first cell phone!

  7. It’s incredible how I have a thought and then someone Freshly Presses that thought.

    Just yesterday I was talking with my long-distance boyfriend about Skype. Skype is a prime example of my complete lack of appreciation for modern technology. They recently upgraded to a new version, and now, my contacts are all set out in a grid format with large profile pictures. I don’t like this. I was talking to him about all the things I hate about Skype, how I preferred their old grey ‘signed-out’ icon to their new one with a green outline which to me suggests I might be slightly signed in… And I realised something.

    This is RIDICULOUS. Because of Skype, I have been in a strong, steady relationship with this guy for over a year. Because of Skype, I can see myself dancing with his dad at our wedding in another three years. Once upon a time, I said to him ‘I don’t think I can fall in love with someone who’s moving back to Ohio in three months’; then, three months later, I said ‘We can do this. We’ll Skype’.

    And now I’m saying ‘f**k Skype, the hell is its problem with this new icon??’

    What’s Skype’s problem? What’s MY problem???

    I seriously need to take a step back and say, wow. You may not be as aesthetically pleasing as Google or as warm and huggable as Etsy, but Skype, thanks to you I can SEE his face when I tell him I just booked a ticket to come see him in a month. So thanks for the best thing I have.

    Great post – thanks for confirming that I’m definitely right about my need to start appreciating all this awesome stuff we have. And of course, congratulations.

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  10. This reminds me of a conversation I had with my spouse about the “Save” icon – the one that looks like a diskette – and how the next generation along has NO IDEA what that symbol means. It may as well be a vinyl record.
    I have great respect for innovators: those who can look at a problem and see how it can be solved, or who see how a good thing can be made better. What I have no truck with is the wastefulness that tends to follow in the wake of rapidly expanding technologies. Perhaps the solution to this problem – and the one Louis points out – is to return to the notion that a thing can be built to last, only add the idea of modularity, components or features that can be added to or upgraded instead of chucking the baby with the bath water. The thing might cost more at the outset, but be more pleasing to the eye, and the hand, and will not need replacing every six months. Once someone crosses that bridge for us, we will all be better off.

  11. 10 years ago we lived ok without the innovations. We survived. The innovations were intended to make our lives better on many levels. It’s not a given. I agree with you. Innovation now still awes me to no end. And like the very nature of innovation, it will never be an expectation that gives us the opportunity to take it for granted.

  12. My brother and I today just had the conversation that technology is amazing. Of course, we also had to admit that we didn’t know how to get by without it. I get so upset when my GPS doesn’t work, and the sick sad part about that is that my family used to move around a lot in the 80s and 90s – I was raised knowing how to read a Thomas Guide. But my GPS doesn’t work and I’m screwed unless I can get an internet connection to Google Maps.

  13. Love this! Human advances in technology are literally revelations of God. The miracle of a rose bush is enough for us to believe but not enough to understand. We hunger for more knowledge. “I know this world is ruled by infinite intelligence. Everything that surrounds us– everything that exists–proves that there are infinite laws behind it. There can be no denying this fact. It is mathematical in its precision.” — Thomas A. Edison. Another favorite: “The miracle is not to fly in the air or to walk on the water but to walk on the earth.” — Chinese proverb. If we all lived in awe of the miracle of us, think how much happier our world would be!

    Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

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  15. Very nice post (and I am not just saying that because Louis C.K. is a great comedian). And I completely agree with Louie as well. People (including myself) complain about a web page taking more that 2 seconds to load, yet I was ecstatic as a kid during the American Online era when I was amazed when a web page loaded in less than a minute.

    It has come to the point in today’s world where our expectations for technology exceed their capabilities, and we are always disappointed no matter what. Times like these are times when I sometimes wonder is technology is sometimes advancing too much.

    Great post! Thoroughly enjoy the text and the clip!

  16. A very, very valid point. I had waited months to get my very own smartphone and less than a month later, after a series of unfortunate events, lost my new phone. For three whole days I was phone-less. I was amazed, and slightly disturbed, to realize how dependent I had become on that phone in just a few short weeks. Nevertheless I replaced it, and already can’t image my life without it.

  17. Saw the video some time back.. makes me feel very lucky to be living in the world of today where everything which can be thought of can be realized.

  18. Incredible article, Technology is definitely something you should be proud of compared to those people who didn’t have anything back then and as Mikalee said, I wonder what our children’s will think about technology after 20 years.

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