Late last week I clicked through an interesting slide show by Chris Hayner which opined more than a dozen dead and gone technology gadgets which should come back to life. We may pine for the good old days of OS X Snow Leopard, but what we get today for the price we pay is a bargain.
I say, ‘forget the past,‘ let’s move toward the future as quickly as we can. Sure, the original Mac set the stage for the present, but do you know how much Mac horsepower you get for the same money? Yes, that 9-inch black and white point and click box of beige was priced at $2,495.
Hello, iMac 2017
Just for grins, I priced out a new iMac. The original Mac, circa 1984, was a desktop machine, so a comparison to a Mac desktop machine is only appropriate. Today, Apple sells an iMac for $1,099 and it comes with a 1TB hard disk drive, a not exactly anemic Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, dual Thunderbolt 3 ports (also USB-C) and a high resolution 1080p display.
Un huh. $1,099.
What does $24,95 get? Let’s see how close we can go with the mostest available.
A new iMac with Retina 5k display, 8GB RAM, and screaming fast 512GB SSD storage lists for $2,499. $4 more than the original Mac in 1984 with a single floppy disk drive, 128k RAM, and a 9-inch display.
Even better, the top of the line iPhone 7 Plus with 256GB SSD storage is a mere $969. A 10.5-inch iPad Pro, closer in size to the original Mac’s screen, fully tricked out with 512GB SSD storage, Wi-Fi, and cellular connectivity is $1,079, sans keyboard, but still less than half the price of that ancient Mac.
That Was Then
Alright, that was then and this is now, and relatively speaking, today’s technology gadgets are bargains by comparison. That Mac debuted 33 years ago and though Apple flirted with financial disaster a few times, no company on planet earth has more money, more resources, and more value than Apple 2017.
What gadgets will Apple bring to humanity 33 years from now in the year 2050?
Technology advancement seems to be much like what people think of evolution. Advancement and improvement take time. Are we the species that will build an artificial species that will one day be at our beck and call for every need we may have?
Or, will we be ruled by such sentient devices that cater to our every whim but hold us captive because of our imperfections.
Think about where Apple charts the road to the future.
Today, our devices allow us to input and receive information, but more and more of what we use goes to storage on the cloud. Apple could be accused of building a big brain; an online artificial intelligence that knows more about us that we know about ourselves, thanks to so-called machine learning.
I predict the first Apple robot within five to 10 years; a relatively simple device that will move about the home or office, performing specific chores, always waiting for a command to action, or a query to fulfill. At the end of a decade from now we will see more artificial limbs and internal devices– the ultimate wearable– which work much like the Bionic Man from the last century.
Robot olympics, anyone? Or, perhaps Siri and a robot body will have gained sufficient intelligence that it can teach humans perfectly instead of imperfect humans teaching us.
Those days are coming and with Siri, iCloud, and walking talking devices– wearable or watchable– Apple could be the premium product maker for an I, Robot world with the a very real iRobot that replaces iMac and iPhone.
I’m not sure if we should be excited about such a future of artificial creatures that do our bidding, or whether we should be afraid; very, very, afraid.