Technology has advanced in leaps and bounds over the course of the last 25 years. We’ve seen DOS come and go, we’ve seen the proliferation of cordless phones, and our cars are getting faster and more efficient. If you had to pick but a single invention that has had the greatest impact on our society in the last 25 years, you’d have a tough choice to make. According to Sam Ruby of IBM, though, the answer is easy. It’s the cell phone, a device that has become even more influential than the home PC.
While the home computer has surely changed our lifestyle, replacing the typewriter and paving the way for the internet, Ruby, a well-known software developer and blogger, is quick to point out just how much of an impact the cell phone has had: “It’s killing the landline; it’s killing watches; it’s changing the camera business; it’s changing the TV industry, the music industry.” In this way, it’s affecting so many other aspects of our life, more than the PC ever has.
With future developments like mobile navigation, music, search, and entertainment, the cell phone will become even more necessary in our always-on-the-go society. Ruby even goes on to predict the death of email in favour of instant messengers.