The future is now.
I spoke from the USA to a woman in Scotland Monday and felt my world leap ahead a full millenium as I “saw” her on my computer screen at the same time I spoke to her. I had never experienced this before. Never knew society had such technology.
Never knew that “2,001, a Space Odyssey,” exists in the world today. I’m talking about the scene when the scientist calls home from a space port circling the moon, or somewhere in space. He speaks to his little girl, a gorgeous creature who does not seem to be acting. There’s a two-way conversation, ending with Bell Telephone Company signing off.
The government may have broken up “Ma Bell” before the Year 2,001, but the image of the two-way, face-to-face conversation stayed with me. All the way up to my second floor bedroom, as I placed a lap top computer on a wooden “brakfast-in-bed” tray, and scooched beneath the table legs, propping my back up with three fluffy pillows.
I was all set. But, I had not combed my hair. What if someone sees the brass head frame behind me? It’s discoloring in spots. Could they see my cheap radio on the tiny bed-stand? What about the half-full glass of water I left overnight?
Well, I can fix that. I’ll push the button for audio only. This way, I could see the lovely Scottish Lass, but she couldn’t see me. Turns out, the masters’ degree student was not from the highlands, but the “flatlands” of Oklahoma. Moved to Scotland for the one and only course of its type in the world, according to Alicia Dudek, who interviewed me about my blogging activities the past six months.
The accommodating young woman, of Polish descent, coached me into setting up “Skype.” I already had a built-in camera and speakers in the Veterans Administration (VA)-provided computer. She guided me to the link to download the relatively new devise.
And get this. IT’S FREE!
You can talk with and see anyone in the whole wide world with a hook-up. Anyone want to try Afghanistan? How about a relative in Peking, behind the Chinese wall. Can you imagine what this is going to do in shrinking our world and bringing people closer to one another than ever before?
And that is what Alicia is “mastering.” She’s compiling data on bloggers, how one got started, where they blog from, and what if any problems they encountered on their journey. (See Blog watching with a purpose)It is truly “cutting edge,” and I was glad to take part.
Now, If I could just get the gel to hold that hair in place, and that charming smile fixed for my next broadcast, all will be well. Watch out Mr. Ed Sullivan.