You know that feeling when something big is about to happen? The kind of big that’s going to change life as we know it? There’s that nervous, creative energy floating around the world right now ready to pounce for the kill.
It reminds me of what my grandparents talked about feeling in the 1940s to 1960s. Technology moved quick. The space race began in the 1940s, the same time computers became a viable idea. Kids received chemistry and erector sets, and short wave radios as toys. Numerous medical advances began (kidney dialysis and synthetic cortisone), Vannevar Bush proposes hypertext, the color TV is invented, and the microwave oven and atomic bomb were developed. The nuclear age began.
We’re in another quick changing time — much like the 1940s — and I think it’s going to be the Millennials (GenY) / Digital Natives (GenZ?) driving it. I’d love to think it’s the GenXers, but we’re (I say ‘we’ because I am a GenXer) the link between the Greatest Generation, the Boomers, and the Millennials / Digital Natives. We’re old enough to have talked with our grandparents and parents about their experiences adapting to new technology and the struggles, fears, and excitement that went along with that. GenX lived in both the analogue and digital worlds, forced to adapt from paper to computers in high school and college. We’re the ones with dreams of what could be, but — with limited numbers — we share our hopes and dreams with the Millennials who have the manpower to get things done since they are the largest generation since the Boomers.
GenX are the connectors, Millennials are the doers.
And they’re running with it.
The world has swung from passive engagement and use to active participation and inventing. Hackerspaces are flourishing. Space travel is again being advanced. Small businesses are once again on the rise, with small groups of like-minded individuals working towards new advances in the STEM industries. Medical advances in genes, robotics, and treatments continue, as do explorations and experiments with alternate fuel sources. And so much more.
Yet, I have a feeling all of those advances will be minor compared to what’s coming. I hope I’m around to experience it. And, so long as it’s not another atomic bomb, I’m all for it!