Over 60 Crowd the Fastest Growing Demographic for Mobile Personal Tech

It is amazing to sit in a Starbucks these days in the city and watch all the older folks running around playing on their smart phones and high-tech tablets. They are acting like kids again – isn’t that cool? Sure it is, and they are loving every minute of it, taking with their grandkids through text-messaging, and emailing their friends, golfing buddies, bridge partners, or fellow book club members. Amazing.

The other day I watched an older gentleman reading the newspaper on his all-color Nook E-book Reader, and he was practically giddy explaining all the features to me. Then there was another lady who had some cool looking iPhone Clone texting in her dinner reservations for Ruth’s Chris – very cool. Then an acquaintance of mine told me of his father and his new mobile computing and technology gadget;

“My father has undergone the tech-warp, going from a pre-paid wireless to an HTC EVO 4G, I’m actually rather surprised at the fact that he’s only managed to crash the thing twice this month since he’s owned. Also surprisingly is his current level of sufficiency with the device now..I even catch him behaving quite entrepreneurially lately..it’s rather satisfying and comforting.”

That’s totally cool. I was talking with a 70-yr old retired school teacher yesterday over coffee and tea – she has the latest iPhone, a Facebook page, tweets, and is happy as punch, fully engaged, having fun. It’s exciting to see her so animated and happy about the personal tech world she’s discovered there, it’s wonderful to see. Good stuff. And this is just a sample of what’s happening out there.

You see, these mobile technology and mobile computing personal tech devices are transcending age groups, barriers, and generations. Please consider all this and think on it – because seriously folks, this is way cool, you must admit.

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Have You Had a Personal Tech Device Stolen Yet?

It probably wouldn’t surprise you if I were to tell you that the theft of smart phones and personal tech devices is on the rise. If you think you can leave your smart phone on the outside patio table at a Starbucks and come back in 15 minutes and hope for it to still be there, you’re playing with fire. Indeed, I can remember back in 1999 that I had a smart phone stolen, it was the top-of-the-line of the day, of course nothing compared what we have now, but it was stolen.

Since I knew a little bit about technology I asked for the police department to find out where the phone was, triangulate its position, so I could go catch the guy. They said they had no way to do that, which is absolute nonsense. We’ve always had that ability. In fact they’ve used personal tech devices to find people who were lost in a snow bank or had driven off the road in their automobiles. We’ve used it to catch child abductors, and even bank robbers. But unfortunately the police department will not use it to get your $400 – $600 smart phone back.

I find that amazing because we’ve also learned that the FBI and other law enforcement agencies have been tracking people with their personal tech devices for quite a while. And yet when you really need them, they won’t give you the answer to who stole your smart phone device. We even have Internet companies who have been charged with location tracking, and big data marketers who will deliver ads to your smart phone via a special app when you come near one of your favorite stores so they can give you a coupon.

If we have all this technology there shouldn’t be anyone stealing these high-tech devices or your iPhone, they should know they would be caught right away. In case you are wondering if this is a problem or not there was a very interesting article in the Wall Street Journal on July 28, 2012 titled; “Fighting the iCrime Wave – Device Theft Has Exploded. New Solutions on the Way. Is the Industry Doing Enough about Apple Picking?” by Rolfe Winkler.

Now then, I just explained to you that we don’t need to wait for solutions from industry, there’s probably already an app for that, and it’s too bad that you can’t activate the app via remote so the police department can get your phone back, unfortunately, as much as we pay in taxes, they tell us they don’t have time for that, well, give me the information, and I’ll go get my own phone back thank you very much.

Look, here’s the deal if we catch the people who are stealing iPhones and smart phones, laptops and other personal tech devices, then eventually no one will steal them anymore because they know they will face jail time. Wouldn’t it be nice, if you could go out in public without having to guard your personal tech devices with your life, because that’s what’s on them. Please consider all this and think on it.

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Humans Outsourcing Cognition to Their Personal Tech – What Does It Mean for the Future?

One of the fastest-growing self-help genres on Amazon happens to be books on how to improve your memory. Perhaps, people are getting older and they are noticing their memories aren’t working as well as they once did, and we do have folks reaching ages well above 90 in very large percentages. Then we have younger folks who notice their memories aren’t quite as good as they feel they should be. It’s not as if they are losing their minds, they just realize that often they can’t remember something, it’s much like that sensation of having the information on the tip of your tongue, but you can’t remember it. Okay so let’s talk about this for second shall we?

Over the years I’ve written a good number of articles on this topic, and surmised that one of the biggest challenges, and I think you’ll agree, is that our personal tech devices allow us to store information, and therefore we no longer have to memorize it. You see, while we are in school we spend a lot of time doing rote memorization, it is part of our education process, and it helps us increase our ability to remember things. However, out in the real world our personal tech devices store all of our important phone numbers, so we no longer have to memorize them. Some folks don’t even remember their own phone number, and if it wasn’t on business cards, their website, and other places which are quite handy, they would forget it altogether.

For instance, how many phone numbers can you remember of your closest personal friends and family? Think about that for a second. Now then, the very famous futurist, Ray Kurzweil, noted at the Singularity Institute Summit in 2012 that “we’ve outsourced some of our thinking abilities to technology,” and “technology has expanded our minds” and offered us new ways to think about things.

In other words, because we don’t have to remember these things, our minds are able to use that memory capacity for other things. In the future, it was also predicted by those that the Singularity Institute that you would not have to query a search engine, because it would always be on in and running in the background, thus, it would automatically search things and put up the information perhaps in your augmented reality glasses onto a micro computer screen very close to your eye so you could see it.

This begs the question; are we also going to outsource our brain capacity, reasoning, and even our ability to ask questions in the future, just as we have done with our personal tech devices memorizing phone numbers? I believe this is a distinct possibility, and it would also have me asking another question; will we use distributive human brain power to solve large problems by utilizing all the brains on the Internet, or perhaps in an interlocked system where everyone is communicating by thought, through their implanted or embedded devices in the brain for communication?

That scenario is actually likely, and it might not be far off. In fact, Google and other companies are already using crowd sourcing to solve large problems in this way. In the future if we are all connected and perpetually online as our brains are hooked up to the overall society and civilization system, then we can expect this to occur too. Indeed, I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.

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