This blog post is a little later than I intended. I’ve been kinda VERY stressed recently and needed a little time to myself.
This week we discussed the issues around Convergence and how the world is getting smaller, and how stuff that was in the realm of Sci-fi as little as ten years ago is now commonplace. We were live tweeting the discussion during the class (and by live tweeting I mean discussing things that were mentioned then going off on random tangents. Android-loving people, I’m looking at you :p) The mention of Sci-fi made me want to mention something, I like Sci-fi and I love reading, yet I’ve never read the book Neuromancer despite it being recommended to me many times. I follow the book’s author, William Gibson, on Twitter. Not long after I’d made my confession, Gibson himself came online and tweeted a video of a flock of birds. I watched it with the sound off, thought it was lovely and I re-tweeted it, then George Konstantinidis, who was sat next to me, sent a tweet to GreatDismal saying that the birds were fantastic. GreatDismal is William Gibson, one of the most famous of American Cyberpunk authors and the kind of person who, not that long ago, I’d have thought I’d have no way of ever interacting with in any way, much less inadvertently introducing someone to in such a small way.
I started following Gibson on Twitter after I read an interview with him that I’d wanted to use a quote from in a report I was writing (I ended up being unable to work it in in a way which made sense. I’m still sad about that). And he’s awesome. He posts some really good things, Including an article about Johann Phillipp Reis, the original German inventor of the device that would later become the telephone. It could only send transmissions one way, so the person talking couldn’t reply, and the first words he said were ‘The horse does not eat cucumber salad’, a random sentence that nobody could have guessed in order to prove that it was clearly transmitting his voice.
I have plans to get myself a new iPhone later this week. My boyfriend pointed out to me that this is not only a phone, it’s a media player, game platform, internet browser and much much more.
I saw this video a few months ago and, yes it’s completely Apple biased but it shows just how quickly the technology has grown.