The passage of time in the digital age

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The passage of time in the digital age

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One of the scenes in Avengers Endgame involved a brainstorming meeting to come up with a time travel strategy to defeat Thanos. Multiple time travel movies were mentioned and the only one I didn't recognize was Hot Tub Time Machine. I happened to see it on Netflix this weekend and decided to watch it. Not a bad comedy flick if you go in with low expectations. I assumed it was only 2 or 3 years old while watching it, but later learned it came out in 2010. Almost a decade old.

So that got me thinking....wow.....have things changed so little in 10 years? If you were to show me any photograph or movie clip from 1970, 1980, and 1990, there's a near 100% chance that I could tell which is which based on the photo quality and differences in fashion and technology within, but if you did the same for 2000, 2010, and today, I don't think I could tell.

Does this mean we've reached a peak in technology and innovation? Are we too busy or engrossed in our phones to come up with new things? Has the internet and globalization killed cultural identity? Am I really overthinking things again?

Hot Tub Time Machine referenced Google, Twitter, and Facebook. Shit. I still think of Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, and many other social media cancers as obnoxious fads that need to go away and get the hell off my internet lawn.

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A little of all those things you mentioned, but not any one of them in particular.

We are reaching a point where massive leaps in technology are harder because more and more of our limitations are “immutable laws of physics” problems rather than strictly an engineering problem. And the internet is definitely making for a more homogeneous world, which is both good and bad

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Can you tell 1920's from 1930's? How about 1840's from 1890's?

There's an old Mickey Mouse cartoons The Nifty Nineties (as in 1890's) and without knowing that I could have mistaken it for 1910's or later.

Our perception of time is funny, 50-80 years from now kids may think that all of 20th century was a mix of 60's and 90's.

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Grammatron wrote:
Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:29 pm
Can you tell 1920's from 1930's? How about 1840's from 1890's?

Our perception of time is funny, 50-80 years from now kids may think that all of 20th century was a mix of 60's and 90's.
Dude! I think that now!

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Nyarlathotep wrote:
Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:56 pm
We are reaching a point where massive leaps in technology are harder because more and more of our limitations are “immutable laws of physics” problems rather than strictly an engineering problem.
Not sure about that. I can't think of too many examples. Okay, so we're close to the limit of how small we can make a transistor on a wafer but we're also just nudging up against what is possible with parallel processing, quantum computing, neural networks, etc. Material science is advancing much faster than engineering can keep pace with. I can't speak to chemistry or biology but I suspect those are in the same boat.

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Nothing digital to it.

It's a matter of interest. As an example, no doubt an aficionado could easily distinguish a song/style from the last decade compared to present-day pop music, while to me everything from the sixties on sounds roughly the same.

So face it Bruce, you aren't the thrilled kid who has everything to discover anymore, you've seen it all, really all, and your thalamus is tired and bored.

You are old and time has just started to fly by, faster and faster and faster, becoming an indistinct blur. :twisted:


SC has also provided the requisite association:

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And as Wilhelm Busch used to write in his stories:

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With this drawing:

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Searched for it.

A nursery rhyme. :)

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Busch's version is definitely darker.

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Translation please? :)

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Abdul Alhazred wrote:
Thu Jun 27, 2019 12:14 pm
Translation please? :)

I can't cut and paste your pic into Google. :evil:
https://www.onlineocr.net/ :twisted:

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:meananim:
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:mrgreen:

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:coolspecs:

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:notsure: :notsure: Stevie Wonder totally copied Coolio!!?!
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Bruce wrote:
Sun Jun 30, 2019 4:53 am
:notsure: :notsure: Stevie Wonder totally copied Coolio!!?!
Gangster Paradise is a parody of course.

You didn't know that?

You must be a young whippersnapper. :oldman:
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Not that young, but was never much into SW outside his pop culture persona. But there wasn't a day that went by in college when I didn't hear someone blasting Gangstas Paradise into my skull.
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