tech that we really should have mastered by now
It’s (just about) 2015. There is much to marvel at in the modern world of smartphones and 3D printing. But there are some things that are really doing our heads in and clever people really need to start trying to sort out. Please.
1 | The End of Wires
We’re supposed to be living an age of ‘wireless’ tech. So why do the spaces behind our TVs and computers still resemble the sound system at Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage? Work to be done.
2 | Computer Load Times
Three minutes a day waiting for your computer to load up is 3 minutes you will never get back. 365 times a year. In that time you could have done 100 press-ups, learnt basic origami skills or become conversational in Mandarin.
3 | Bluetooth Pairing
Surely the lamest thing since Betamax. How many buttons do you have to press? On two different devices? Are they in range? And still it isn’t working? Jesus.
4 | iPhone Breakability
Every year, thousands of us are condemned to walk the streets with cracked and partially destroyed screens until our contracts expire. It’s time phone makers realized that people are going to drop their phones and make them a little less fragile. We drop things. It’s what we do. Don’t punish us for it.
5 | International Phone Calls
Remember those old long-distance phone calls with crackles, feint voices and time delays that made you feel like a Victorian inventor? Still happens. Every day. Weren’t we supposed to have a colony on the moon by now?
6 | Answerphones
Incredibly, some people still think voicemail is an acceptable form of communication. They still leave urgent ‘voicemail’ messages and expect you to respond. Some people still spend time recording their own personalised greeting. Come on, let’s call a moratorium.
7 | Airport Security
Those queues. Those trays. That pocket rummaging. It’s time for an invasive and morally questionable body scan device was developed in order to stop this human madness.
8 | Deliveries
A message to retailers: is giving people a window of 10am-6pm for home deliveries really the best you can do? Let’s find some logistics boffin to crack this once and for all.
9 | Photocopiers
Advances in technology are supposed to make things smaller. So why do photocopiers still take up more space in an office than a family car?
10 | Internet everywhere
Just imagine. Free Wi-fi on the streets. No more scrambling in your phone settings and asking coffee shop servers for passwords. Think how many Top 10 online lists you’d end up reading.