The world in 2010 is totally different than 100 years ago or 50 years ago or 25 years ago. If you think about it, to most of us, that’s ancient history!
The world changed in the past 10 years or 5 years, and I bet you can think of significant changes to our lifestyle and technology in the past 12 months.
100 Years Ago: The Amazing Technology of 1910 Heather Whipps from Live Science
One full century ago, the new technologies that had people talking were considered just as groundbreaking. Electricity led the charge of developments that were changing the way people lived every day, with transportation and chemistry not far behind.
The telephone was another hot new commodity in 1910, with millions of American homes already connected by manual switchboard.
50 years ago from The People History
- Boeing 707 Jet Airliner comes into service cutting 8 hrs from transatlantic Flight
- USSR Luna 2 crashes onto the Moon as the first man-made object and Luna 3 sends back first photos of the far side of Earth’s Moon
- Average Cost of new house $12,400.00 | Average Yearly Wages $5,010.00 | Cost of a gallon of Gas 25 cents
As I was reading Gini Dietrich’s post: Building your Online Presence around Mobile Payments, I was thinking about this:
If you’ve ever used your phone at Starbucks in Target to pay for your purchase, you’ll understand where this is going. But, instead of it being tied to a Starbucks card, your phone will actually talk to your bank account.
How’s that for amazing? Almost mind-blogging. Go read the rest of Gini’s post to get into the conversation about the good or bad of mobile payments from your phone and a host of other interesting thoughts.
We are changing our world so fast. The photos in this post are my thermostat for my furnace. I’m thinking 100 years ago even furnaces were a new technology.
When I upgraded my furnace this year, I was telling Jim Hurtis that the location for the thermostat wasn’t ideal. It was on a wall that gets full afternoon sun, opposite the wood burning fireplace, and the other side of the wall is my oven. I was only thinking we should find a new location. Jim’s solution was this moving thermostat. It goes where you are. If the oven is on, it goes in a room that isn’t near the oven.
Here’s the catch, I have to be willing to try something new. Whether it is paying with my phone at Starbucks or moving my thermostat, none of these innovations help me if I am afraid to try them.
Career Marketing & Technology
If you are looking to make a career change or you have lost your job and need a new one, you need to see what new technologies will help you move forward toward your goals.
As I write, I realize that the audience I need to reach is not even using online tools for the most part. Most job seekers know about online job boards but not the rest of the resources, like using Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or blogging to help learn and connect.
If you’re reading this and know someone who is jobless or wanting to change careers, you help point them to new resources.
100 years ago, someone had to turn on the first switch and show others how much brighter it made the room.
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