The pace of change

Grannie has been watching season 2 of "Downton Abbey" on Hulu.  All day.  So much for network reruns and Cubs' games where Jeff Samardzja pitches 8 innings of shutout ball against the Pirates.


The producers of this program have paid fastidious attention to detail.  The period setting, post WWI England, is reproduced precisely, and it's in that reproduction that I am brought to consider the Pace of Change.

If you look at England at that time, the product of the Industrial Revolution and probably the most advanced country in the world at that time, and then if you consider what "technologies" existed just 100 years before the time period of the story, you can see there was a slow progression of "technologies" which had occurred.  However, with the appearance of Electric Lights, the Telephone, the Automobile, and the Phonograph, the explosion of technology that leads to today was already upon them.  The pace of change accelerated from that point onward.  Just look around you.

Then, having looked around you, having assessed the pace of change from then until now, just think what it's going to be like 100 years from now.  Hell.  10 years from now.

My guess is there'll be 100 years worth of change in the next 10 years.

It's gonna be amazing.