Next year is 2020 do you think the younger you would be impressed by todays tech?

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#1  Edited By warmblur
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Weird question I know but I always wonder if the younger me from the early 90's would be impressed by today's tech. I think I would be disappointed that there isn't any flying cars yet but on the other hand we have VR and 3D graphics along with high speed internet. What do you think is 2020 the future you imagine or where you expecting more?

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#2 Volsung
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no

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#3 Volsung
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The only thing that's become substantially better since I started getting interested in these sorts of things are mobile phones. Which happen to be the thing I care least about.

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#4  Edited By mrbojangles25
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Oh hell yes, absolutely yes.

I was born in the 80s. I saw personal computers come into homes, and more:

  • Saw the evolution of 5.25" floppy discs to the 3.5" "floppy" disc, the advent of the optical disc (CDs, laser discs, DVD, then Bluray), and so on.
  • Saw measurements go from KB, to MB, to GB, and finally to TB.
  • I remember when video cards came around, and the best one had 32 MB of memory (!!!).
  • I went from tapes to CD's, to MP3 players the size of bricks and finally to the size of a pack of gum (or smaller).
  • I didn't have a cell phone until I was in my 20s (I think around 2004), and I didn't have a smart phone until a few years ago. I remember a pre-cell phone era.
  • Didn't have internet until I was maybe 17 (1999), and it was dial up. I wonder if kids even know the horror of dial up; the sound of logging in, the hogging of the phone line if you only had one, and the slow speeds. Playing Team Fortress CLassic on a 36.6 K modem is pretty great.
  • Got to experience pretty much every generation of video game, from 8-bit to 16 to 32 to 64 and so on.
@warmblur said:

I think I would be disappointed that there isn't any flying cars yet

Yeah I remember watching shows in the early 90s (on Discovery channel!) and they're like "We are only 10-20 years away from flying cars!" and here we are, almost 30 years later, and frankly I don't think it's going to happen.

There are some things that I am disappointed in, things that I think we'd be further along in accomplishing, but those are mostly political and social.

I think younger me was convinced we'd have colonies on the moon, Mars, and beyond by now.

As far as tech goes, I never could have imagined we would be where we are. If future me time travelled back showed me, I don't know, Crysis or ArmA 3 or Metro Exodus I would be flabbergasted.

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#5  Edited By VFighter
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I started gaming on a Texas Instruments computer around 81 (guessing), Atari 2600 was a god send console to me and blew me away and made me a video game addict. Had I somehow had access to today's games back then...it would have melted my mind. Playing some pitfall and the BAM, God of War was tossed my way, my child-self wouldnt have been able to handle it.

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Yes. Technology has improved so much, it just keeps improving by leaps and bounds. It's funny because I was watching a show from 2003 earlier tonight, and it occurred to me just how much editing and post-production for TV shows has improved from that time.

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Definitely.

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#8  Edited By warmblur
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@mrbojangles25 said:

Oh hell yes, absolutely yes.

I was born in the 80s. I saw personal computers come into homes, and more:

  • Saw the evolution of 5.25" floppy discs to the 3.5" "floppy" disc, the advent of the optical disc (CDs, laser discs, DVD, then Bluray), and so on.
  • Saw measurements go from KB, to MB, to GB, and finally to TB.
  • I remember when video cards came around, and the best one had 32 MB of memory (!!!).
  • I went from tapes to CD's, to MP3 players the size of bricks and finally to the size of a pack of gum (or smaller).
  • I didn't have a cell phone until I was in my 20s (I think around 2004), and I didn't have a smart phone until a few years ago. I remember a pre-cell phone era.
  • Didn't have internet until I was maybe 17 (1999), and it was dial up. I wonder if kids even know the horror of dial up; the sound of logging in, the hogging of the phone line if you only had one, and the slow speeds. Playing Team Fortress CLassic on a 36.6 K modem is pretty great.
  • Got to experience pretty much every generation of video game, from 8-bit to 16 to 32 to 64 and so on.
@warmblur said:

I think I would be disappointed that there isn't any flying cars yet

Yeah I remember watching shows in the early 90s (on Discovery channel!) and they're like "We are only 10-20 years away from flying cars!" and here we are, almost 30 years later, and frankly I don't think it's going to happen.

There are some things that I am disappointed in, things that I think we'd be further along in accomplishing, but those are mostly political and social.

I think younger me was convinced we'd have colonies on the moon, Mars, and beyond by now.

As far as tech goes, I never could have imagined we would be where we are. If future me time travelled back showed me, I don't know, Crysis or ArmA 3 or Metro Exodus I would be flabbergasted.

Yep, I was born in 81 so I know what you're talking about it was really amazing to see all those tech advances going from SNES, to the Playstation was huge 2D to 3D jump. Also I still remember the first time I went in a AOL chat room in 95 it was a WWF one lol and I swear I still remember the first thing I typed was Papa Shango rules!!!! lol.

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A mix. On one hand, cars still run on internal combustion engines, a creaking 200-year-old tech.

On the other hand, I'm typing this post on a Galaxy Note 9, which is probably many times more powerful than my old Pentium 166 tower.

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#10 PETERAKO
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@warmblur: Defo. In the way of gaming I would be blown away.

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#11 Volsung
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You all must be quite a bit older than me. I just turned 26. I bought my first console (a PS3) and became really interested in consumer tech when I was 13 in 2006. There was a huge mind blowing leap between 1993 and 2006 in pretty much every area. 13 year old me would have expected a similar leap but that's not even close to what we got.

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#12 comp_atkins
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the jumps in storage in recent years are pretty staggering.

you can get 1TB+ thumb drives... which is nuts

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yes.

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I think internet speed would impress younger me far more. It used to take days to download things... I just downloaded Destiny 2, like 80GB in a matter of minutes. I used to download a 40MB album over an entire weekend.

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@vfighter said:

I started gaming on a Texas Instruments computer around 81 (guessing), Atari 2600 was a god send console to me and blew me away and made me a video game addict. Had I somehow had access to today's games back then...it would have melted my mind. Playing some pitfall and the BAM, God of War was tossed my way, my child-self wouldnt have been able to handle it.

Exactly this. I remember when Pong was its own system and when a controller was a stick and 1 button. If you had sat little Heathen in front of an X1 or PS4, my little head would've exploded.

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Nah not really.

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Yup.

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#18 VFighter
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@heathen75: That garbage pail kid fits so freaking perfectly lol.