"I begin with an idea, and then it becomes something else" – Pablo Picasso

What does the future look like? Well, the future has actually already caught up to us – we just haven’t realized it since the integration is just so effortless. Brains are extremely malleable, after all. Imagine I told someone in 1950 that:

  • I carry a device that has an instant connection to billions of people on the planet
  • I can say something that can be seen and heard by as many people as are willing to listen, in real-time, anywhere in the world
  • I have the answer to practically any (easily) answereable question within seconds, and instant access to practically every book ever published
  • I have access to the sum total of humanity’s knowledge, (almost) for free, at any time and virtually anywhere I go


I think Mike hits the nail on the head with this. Innovation while relatively fast, creeps up on us and it’s hard to see it happening. It’s much like watching an hour hand move on a clock.

The iPhone 5 is a significant improvement over the iPhone 4S in nearly every regard, and in those areas that didn’t see an upgrade over its predecessor — camera, storage capacity — one could make a strong case that the iPhone 4S was already ahead of the curve. Every area, that is, except for the OS. If anything, it’s the operating system here that’s beginning to feel a bit dated and beginning to show its age.


It’s maybe telling that the iPhone 5 is benchmarked against its predecessor, the iPhone 4S, and not by other brands of smartphone.  Just because you’ve seen the magic before, doesn’t make it any less magical.