iPhone – MyPhone 2

Who invented the iPhone? If you said Steve Jobs, you would be partially correct. Actually, neither Jobs nor Apple have invented much of anything. Job’s genius was in packaging technology to appeal to an audience of people he understood. He did it with the Apple computer, the McIntosh, the iMac, the iPad, and the iPhone.

There were lots of MP3 music players on the market prior to the iPad, but Apple made it smaller and sexier. The appeal is in the presentation, as any good chef will know. Jobs was an extraordinarily good cook.

The iPhone is basically a wireless communications device, such as that used in Star Trek by the intrepid  Captain Kirk aboard the Starship Enterprise. The writers of Star Trek doubtless got their inspiration from the cartoon, Dick Tracy, whose 2-Way Wrist Radio was the dream of every school age kid in the 1940’s and 1950’s. It was later upgraded to a Wrist-TV in the 1960’s. This kind of sounds like an iPhone, only sexier.

What inventors have done is to follow their dreams. These dreams were spoon fed to these guys by fiction writers in the 60’s and 70’s. These authors got their inspiration from earlier writers. The point is that some ideas have been around for a long time, just waiting for technology to catch up to imagination.

Science fiction has spawned lots of ideas, including a partial list as follows:

  • Artificial joints.
  • Artificial limbs.
  • Artificial hearts.
  • Organ transplants.
  • Space travel.
  • Communications devices.
  • Space based telescopes (The Hubble).
  • Travel to the moon.
  • Travel to the planets.
  • Brain implants.

Brain implants? Yep, they are real and they are here. Well, they are in the labs being developed.

There was a recent television show on one of the cable channels showing the latest achievements in cyber-aids for victims of accidents who had lost their limbs or eyesight. They all involved direct connectons to the human body, and in the case of a sight aid, directly to a blind person’s brain.

Scientists in studying the functioning of the human body and its nervous system are trying to harness current current technologies to augment the human body. We just hope that they can be the kind of imaginative chef Jobs was.

 

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2 comments

  1. I used to have an iPhone, that was my first foray into the smart phone area. I liked it for most of the time i had it and it served me well. But i’ve since moved on to other brands and i don’t think i’ll go back to Apple. For me i find they’re a bit too restrictive and more expensive than the competition. Apple also seems to think their screen size is big enough. Many are disagreeing and choosing other phones with bigger screens.

    Still my thanks to Apple for making smart phones cool and getting me into them.

    “Scientists in studying the functioning of the human body and its nervous system are trying to harness current current technologies to augment the human body.”

    Best of luck and our thanks to them for that. I believe one group of people who are counting on their success are war veterans who come home with physical disabilities.

  2. I’m with you on the iPhone. I am on my second one, now, and can’t wait to get rid of it next month when I will get one of those big screen Android phones you referenced. There is no reason to keep going with Apple., There are too many restrictions, as you said.

    There are lots of body parts of mine I would like to replace, not the least of which is my brain which seems to be slowing down. My wife has an artificial knee, and isn’t even aware of it anymore. It looks like my time is coming. They say the first to go is the knees, and that’s playing itself out.

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