Since its invention in 1928, by Philo Farnsworth, television has quickly become the primary source of entertainment and information for the world. Just a few days ago, television finally converted to the digital age, which leaves me wondering, is this conversion too little too late?
Forty years after television was invented, information was exchanged between two computers for the first time which marked the beginning of the internet. In 1969, when UCLA and SRI interconnected their computers the technology wasn’t as fast as television in passing on information even though they were able to exchange information (television just gives you information). As time passed, television stayed the same, except for adding color, while computer and internet technologies advanced.
The internet has now surpassed everything the television can ever hope to be. Computers now entertain us, inform us, we can now shop on the computer, as well as do our taxes. In essence, we can now use the computer to control every aspect of our lives.
With entire cities starting to offer a chance for anyone with wireless antennas on their computers to get free internet, as well as the hotels, condos some cafes and other internet friendly establishments, I view the conversion to digital as a last ditch effort by the cable companies, and television manufacturers to save their collective revenues.
My own prediction is that by 2028 people will no longer need their televisions and the internet will completely replace TV’s as the only source of entertainment and education in this country.
Companies, like Time Warner, will have to put all their research funds into new internet technologies, or they will have to face fading into obscurity.
I don’t have a challenge for this blog, just a message: Welcome to the 21st century.