Back in the 1970s and 80s, the term “geek” was considered a derogatory term for a bookworm that carried a pocket protector in one pocket and a calculator in the other. Today, geek is a term of endearment for any individual who has developed or mastered some form of technology and changed the world in the process. Let’s take a look back at some of the ways geeks have changed our world.
Remember the days when the home phone hung on the wall and the only way someone reach you was after you got home from work? The cell phone gave people the ability to reach and speak with one another at anytime in anyplace. The current generation of “smart phones” serves as a phone, GPS system, entertainment device and general best friend to anyone who is unwilling to put it down.
Long before the advent of the Internet, people new very little about the world outside of what was taking place in their own backyard. The problem was world TV news was restricted to a few channels for a couple hours a day. Personal computers and the Internet have given people easy access to information about events happening all over the planet.
It was always such a burden to jump in the car and visit a travel agency to make travel plans. It was even more burdensome to sit in a queue on the phone waiting for an airline or hotel reservation clerk. Today, technology has made it possible to make reservations and pay for all travel costs in a matter of minutes without waiting on anyone.
Cash and Carry
Remember the days of waiting in bank lines to pull out enough cash to cover the week’s expenses. ATMs and debit cards have made it possible to carry on a banking relationship without having to ever visit a branch.