What Tech Would You Take Back In Time?

What Tech Would You Take Back In Time?

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Taryn Williford
Apr 14, 2009

On the hypothetical list of "Tech I Want To See In My Lifetime," a time machine is right up there at number one. Not because I want to go back in time and stop Kennedy's assassination or scare the living daylights out of my younger parents, but because I'd love to take some of our everyday technology back with me...

We have so many brilliant little gadgets already in our lives. But with newer, cooler technology emerging everyday, we can start to take for granted things like the tiny computer in our hands connected to a worldwide network of endless information, communication and entertainment.

I'd love to pop in on Alexander Graham Bell and show him the iPhone. Not only can I talk to people on the other side of the world, but I can send them pictures and words instantly from a portable wireless device in the palm of my hand.

I'd want to power back to 1991 and show Tim Berners-Lee what the internet looks like today. I think even the man behind the Web would be astounded (in a good way) to know that one day pages will exist in cyberspace for nothing more than tweeting. I would also probably have to explain what tweeting is. The people in 1991 probably will understand it even less than people in 2009 do.

So, Unplggd... if you had a time machine and you could take tech back in time, what gadget would you take with you and who would you show it to? Leave your answers in the comments.


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