I’ve been writing this column for several years now. I’ve pontificated and prognosticated. I’ve ranted and raved. But I have rarely gotten feedback from you, my readers. Sure, I’ve gotten the occasional “I agree with that” or “Yeah, that’s happened to me,” but I’d really like to involve you in this little exercise. So, this month I’m going to employ you in writing a future column.
I’m going to invite you to answer some questions about technology and what it means to you. I’d like you to send me your thoughts either directly via email (email@example.com) or better yet, on my Facebook page (Facebook.com/ineedacto). It would be fun to get some discussion going on these topics.
OK, first question: What event in the last 100 years do you think has been the most technologically significant for the world at large? Was it the telephone? Was it the airplane? Was it the Internet? Maybe it was something entirely different? It’s really intriguing to me to hear people’s takes on what is important.
Second question: What has affected you or inspired you personally in your lifetime? Again, I’m talking about something related to technology. Was it a book you read? Maybe a TV show? Perhaps it was a visit to a museum or even a theme park like Disneyland? For me, this is probably the most challenging question. Growing up in the 1960s and ’70s there were so many major technological advances that it kind of makes my head explode every time I try to narrow it down. I’m going to noodle on this one myself, and I will post some of my thoughts on Facebook.
Next, what do you find to be your most significant challenge with technology today? I speak to people every day about the challenges they face. Maybe it’s a smartphone that’s smarter than they are, social media that isn’t very social or even just a new operating systems on their computer. I have a feeling there are a lot more challenges out there than I hear about. Please, share your technology frustrations with me. Maybe I’ll even be able to do something about it!
Now I’ll toss out a bonus question. If you created requests for any kind of new technology (except maybe a transporter beam), what would be? I read about all the new ideas that come out. Some are brilliant, and some not so much.
Finally, here’s one that will hopefully generate some discussion: What is the funniest or most ridiculous technological innovation you have ever heard of? On the flip side, what do you find to be the most innovative technology developed in your lifetime? It can be whimsical or just plain fun.
I’ll look forward to hearing what you have to say. And look for my thoughts on Facebook!
Sven Mogelgaard is the owner of I Need A CTO, an IT consulting firm based in Mill Creek. If you have comments, questions or suggestions for future columns, send an email to info@IneedaCTO.biz or on Facebook at Facebook.com/IneedaCTO.