I have always love how people living in their current time think they came up with everything and often miss the brillance of their ancesters. Especially when it comes to technology. I have always loved technology. My understanding is not in how to make it. But in how to address people's needs through services that simplify and breakdown barriers. Someone who was awesome at this HG Wells. Here is a great quote from him I found on an article in WARC
In 1938, aged 72, English writer H.G. Wells published a short book of essays and speeches entitled The Brain Organization of the Modern World; it lays out Wells' vision for 'A sort of mental clearing house for the mind, a depot where knowledge and ideas are received, sorted, summarised, digested, clarified and compared.' Wells felt that technological advances such as microfilm could be utilised towards this end so that, 'Any student, in any part of the world, will be able to sit with his projector in his own study at his or her convenience to examine any book, any document, in an exact replica.'
That is scary. Social networks way before we even began to understand any sort of connection. But the great thing is that he was not worried about the technology but the need from people. Thats how I believe we will continue to advance technology. Scary thing is.... we might have a time machine soon... if all goes to his plan.