I've noticed that those of us who consistently write in the blogging community tend to be early adopters when it comes to technology and ideas. I wrote a quick little post awhile back about the revolutionary speed by which computer memory is getting bigger, smaller, and faster.
Well, I've just been "WOW'ed!" again by a couple of paragraphs from Leonard Sweet's book, Summoned to Lead. He helped me realize that my own thinking was too small, too slow. He writes:
To store a gigabyte's worth of data 20 years ago required a refrigerator-sized machine weighing 500 pounds. Today that same gigabye of data lives on a disc smaller than a quarter. The speed, capacity, and performance of technologies have exploded. They have increased by six orders of magnitude over the past 30 years. That's 10 times 10...six times.
Forget megabytes, gigabytes, and nanoseconds. Instead think "yotta bytes" and "yocto seconds." In ten years we will be measuring memory capacity in terms of "yotta bytes" -- 10 to the 24th power, or a million-trillion megabytes of information. And we will be measuring processor clock speeds in terms of "yocto seconds" -- 10 to the minus-24th power.
Consider the GNR revolution (genetic engineering, nanotechnology, robotics). We are building machines today that we measured in nanometers. A nanometer is to an inch what an inch is to 400 miles. (p122)
He goes on to quote Futurist Alvin Toffler who says, "The illiterate of the 21st century will no be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn."
The lesson I pull from this is that in this day and age of rapid change, I must be willing to forget the things that no longer work, in order to make room for those things that do.