Gene Roddenberry, the genius behind the early years of the Star Trek series, had an amazingly prescient view of the future.
In the original Star Trek TV series, crew members used devices called communicators which bore a remarkable resemblance to cell phones.
Then, in Star Trek The Next Generation episodes, items that seemed for all the world to be touch-screen computers, iPads, and iPhones were constantly in use. Digital everything. Ubiquitous screens.
Roddenberry got it.
And now, as we daily put to use that which he foresaw decades ago, we reach a point where old labels are shedding their meaning. We still use the term “phone” in various ways, but the idea of an analog device dedicated only to audio voice communication seems rather – quaint. But, we still cling to terms like cell phone, iPhone, Smartphone – heck, the phone is the least-used aspect of my iPhone!
In 10 years, we’ll look back and wonder at the old legacy labels that described separate “things” like phones or cameras or computers.
I’d like to suggest that ultimately, Gene Roddenberry had it right again. You know what these increasingly portable devices are, in their various configurations and form factors?
That’s right. Communicators. Personal Communicators. With which we send and receive messages, info, voice, video – it’s really a far more accurate description than phone, computer, tablet, or what have you.
Kinda brings a whole new meaning to the acronym PC, if you think about it…
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