I’ve flown across the oceans hundreds of times, but anyone who has done it even once has experienced the beautiful view of a dawn or a sunset. That is, if you weren’t asleep.
I’ve had the good fortune to witness other dawns and sunsets – the dawn of new technologies, and the sunset of others. I’m old enough to remember the dawn of ATMs, fax machines, the internet, wireless technology, transistors, personal computers and several other things that are basic to our lives today. I actually contributed in a small way to at least two of those “dawns”.
The truth is that most technology dawns are more obvious in the “afternoon” – a few years after the dawn. When it’s happening, it often seems like a complicated and possibly interesting thing, but the full potential impact isn’t always clear (at least to me).
I’m quite sure that I’m witnessing another new dawn today. It’s the dawn of symbolic computing technology revolutionizing the world of engineering.