Ah autumn! It is during this season that I tend to reflect more on my past, and for things I am truly thankful for. Of course, topping this list are my family, close friends, and work that I am truly passionate about. As I often reflect on the role of technology in the daily lives of a large portion of the planet, a recent addition to this list of thanks is the Internet.
Technology has always been present in my life. The possibilities of technology as platforms for discovery, communication of ideas, and creation have fascinated me going all the way back to the 1970s, when I first started playing rudimentary video games and first laid hands on an Apple II - leading to my Commodore VIC-20 in 1980. While the first home computers provided mostly a solitary experience, the advent of faster and cheaper modems allowed consumers to broaden their reach to Bulletin Board Systems (BBSs) into the early 1990’s. This provided access to new communities, new thoughts, and new experiences, but they were limited by geography.Read more