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What's really new?
Thu Jul 13, 2017 12:50pm

Take your smartphone. Is it really revolutionary technology, or is it just slow evolution of older technologies?

Take the telephone part. Cell phone technology has been around 4 or more decades ... started out analog, switched to digital along the way. In a way, it was just the evolution of the corded telephone to the cordless telephone (a form of radio-telephone) to cellular technology. Variable point-to-point radio-telephone technology preceded cell phone technology by decades. Ham radio has been around over a century.

Take the contacts feature. Decades ago, corded and cordless telephones had memory slots to store frequently-dialed numbers.

Take the apps. They all require an Operating System. The basic foundation of most non-IBM mainframe computing is UNIX, created by Bell Laboratories over 6 decades ago. Unix became the foundation for microcomputer operating systems like DOS, Windows, Linux, Apple etc., and midrange computing platforms like HP UX, IBM AIX, etc. These OSs migrated their way to smartphones in the form of Android, iOS, etc. Languages like c, C#, MicroFocus COBOL, and managed code like .net and Java climbed up the evolutionary ladder. All Operating Systems have one thing in common: they enable applications to run on hardware platforms.

App tools: Excel, a knockoff of Lotus 1-2-3, a knockoff of VisiCalc, and you're back in the 1970s; Word, a knockoff of Lotus WordPro, a knockoff of Samna ... back to pfs:Write, and you're back in the 1970s; Databases ... start back in the 1960s and work your way up to DBOMP, ADABAS, IDMS, IMS/DB, TOTAL, pfs:File, IBM DB2 & SQL, dBase, Ingres, Lotus Approach, MS Access, Oracle, SQL Server, etc.

Take the Internet part: A joint Internet-like venture between IBM and Sears preceded the Internet as we know it by a decade or two.

Take voice recognition and response: Been around a long time, principally in online banking and other financial applications.

Take Google: not much new there. Mead Corporation in Dayton Ohio developed Lexis/Nexis decades ago as an online legal and newspaper/periodical research tool. Google harvests the Internet orchard with its web-crawling app to populate its database, and it is still rather crude because it generally gives you referenced to links that had nothing to do with your search. So, Google is Nexis/Lexis, replacing human keyed-input with Internet-provided content. To this day, Lexis/Nexis is far more precise in its search capability. Google is still a crude URL miner.

eMail & Texting? Telegraph → Telegram → Teletype ASR-33 → Fax → eMail → Texting

What's really new in technology? Bio-Engineering. Taking human cells and training them to do new or additional functions. Training white blood cells to fight Leukemia. Training other cells to fight other diseases.

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