And this will be my last rant on the topic... promise.
It doesn't take very long for technology to trickle down to the end users...us. Nor does it take very long for us to get so used to them that we fail to marvel at the wonder of them all.
For instance, almost all of us have "wireless telephones". We walk about the house carrying the phone with us talking conversationally with someone miles away. Then we stick our "cell phone" in our pocket and go shopping. While we are shopping we can conveniently call home, or our spouse at work and ask if we need more celery or radishes, "they are on sale."
The caregivers at the old folks home wander about, interconnected by radio with one another. And we residents are connected to them too. We pull a cord on the wall and it flips a tiny wireless switch and an automated voice says "Assistance required in room 109" and a care giver pushes a button and the voice says "Request in 109 cleared by Joyce". I don't even have to pull the cord. I wear a pendant with a push button on a lanyard. One push and it says "Chuck Ferris requests assistance."
The same goes outside of the home too. You can put a device on your car that shouts "Hey, I am being stolen. And here I am...HERE." The police can catch the car thief before you know the car is gone. If no one has stolen it, you push a button in your hand and unlock the car when you come out of the store...and if you have forgotten where you parked it, it beeps the horn for you and flashes the headlights. All wireless.
I decided my apartment needs a doorbell. I bought a wireless, battery operated doorbell and button. I don't have to connect any wires to it. It too is wireless. I merely stick the button to the door frame with two sided tape and put the bell anywhere. I put it in the book case with the books.
You open the garage door without getting out of your car. That is nice in the rain.
You bored with miracles yet. Too common to even mention? And I haven't even started on maps from satellites in your car yet. And aerial photos of your home from space courtesy Google. We used to think it was clever of the car to say, "A door is ajar" when we drove off without slamming everything shut. But that is such old hat now that we don't even notice.
Aircraft talk to pilots, "Lower the landing gear..NOW". Autos talk to drivers, "Take the left lane now and turn left in 500 feet." Telephones talk to residents, "If you'd like to make a call...hang up and dial again." The phone tells you "Mother is calling...again." (Well, it doesn't say "again", Mother might be offended.)
Toy airplanes and cars are driven and steered by radio control. We tune our television sets and operate the entertainment center from our chairs...unless we lose the remote. Our activity director talks to us through the public address system as she walks around with a wireless microphone in her hand.
All these things are commonplace consumer items now Most of these marvelous messages come through the air. When I was a ham radio operator years ago, I thought it was a miracle to send dots and dashes through the air, and the airwaves were crowded even then. What is common now seemed impossible then.
And all of this has been developed in my lifetime as a consumer. I marvel, so I take this moment on this OTHER miracle, the Internet, to remind you to marvel too.
(I forgot to mention the spell-checker.)
(What prompted this diatribe? I was out in the hall early this morning while people were still sleeping, and the care giver silently attracted my attention with a LAZER beam. She carries a lazer in her pocket. Imagine.)