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If you were to go back to 1993, you might see me at my college computer room banging away on a candy-coloured blue or orange iMac computer. Back then, those machines were state of the art for any college in Canada, and Sheridan College/Oakville had dozens of them.
We were learning the handful of Apple applications as well as Adobe offerings as they pertained to working with images.
Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and maybe a little Corel Draw were the time wasters of the day. Back then we all had a personal Zip drive along with the required handful of zip cassettes for storing all our projects. They were modern and cool looking but not without their idiosyncrasies. Practically every time I would have a big image to complete, there would be a problem caused by a mysterious gremlin hiding in the Mac.
Almost without fail, if I pressed CMD+S to save my sub-GB file to the Zip drive, it would crash. Practically every time. It was so annoying. I'm not sure how we got through those episodes of dramatic events but we were able to get the work done and deliver to the professors on time or just after it was due.
I don't miss those annoying Zip drives or the drama-queen blue or orange Mac computers. The "kids" these days will never have to experience those foibles, trials and tribulations. Mind you, I'm sure they have their own issues to deal with when it comes to technological failures that make you want to scream into a pillow in frustrated rage.
These days we have come so far it amazes me. The technology is so advanced and practically sentient. What will our grandchildren have to deal with when THEY are in college ? Will they even have personal computers to deal with ? Will they want for anything ? Will my prediction of a personal built in computational device implanted at birth come true ? Will Artificial Intelligence meld with the human mind, making our need for monitors and keyboards a thing if museums and stories around a camp fire ?
I'll never know.
Maybe my kids will never know.
At the moment, AI is fascinating to me. I hope that it never becomes frightening to me.
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