Will the first 20 years of the 21st Century be remembered for some transformational technology. But also remembered as the period when we spent as much time trying to make technology work, as we did celebrating what it did for us?
Additive (3D) printing, self-driving cars, drone imagery, flash trading, gene therapy, high performance computing, voice-activated commands. It’s all awesome stuff. Really. But then, there’s cyber-crime, a different battery charger for every device, short-battery-life devices, fake news going viral, auto-tuning and call menu systems that make you go through twenty levels to lodge a simple technical issue with a real human being.
It may be just perception, but the big technology companies still seem to be making their customers’ lives difficult, as much as trying to introduce the next big thing.
My biggest bugbear (a first world problem granted) is battery chargers. Why can’t technology companies just harmonise the battery sockets so one charger works for all devices, regardless of device generation? How many cables and charges are going to the landfill, just for the sake of ‘progress’?
Any serious technology company isn’t about differentiating anything as dull as its battery plug socket. What gives guys?