I was asked the other day about historical technology and the impacts that they have had on the world. It was an interesting thought – what I thought of as historical may still be current technology for some depending on our age. One of the interesting historical technology advances sprung to mind was cellphones and another was EFTPOS. Given my age (in my 30s) EFTPOS was “normal” to me when I got to be of an age that I could have my own card and ready access to my hard-earning funds rather than just pocket money.
Cellphones were just really starting to become common amongst adults in my late teens when I went overseas for a year long OE. But when I came back pretty much everyone I knew had one or was considering getting one and I really struggle to remember life prior to a phone. It would be unthinkable for teens these days to make a plan for everyone to meet at a specific time and place a couple of days prior!