I used to not be jaded about computers. I remember being told what the future of computing would be every couple of months as a kid and then downloading some god awful beta and loving it. I remember not feeling so indifferent when a new platform would launch.
Maybe it started to fade when in 2010 when Google killed Google Gears, saying offline HTML5 apps would be the future of computers. And then telling me the same in 2011. And 2012. And 2013. And 2014.
Maybe it began to fade when Canonical spent the good part of a decade pushing platforms that never actually came to fruition, allowing desktop Ubuntu to wither claiming that a rewrite is just months away.
Maybe it was when Nokia gave up on Meego and got into bed with Microsoft.
Maybe, I changed.
Steve Jobs said that we are in a post-PC era when he announced the iPad, and then tablet sales ended up falling and looking a lot more like the sales of the PCs they were meant to replace. At build this year though, I was told we’re in a post-mobile world and bots bringing machine learning interfaces through text to people are the future of the world. It’s a vision undoubtedly, but is it even a good one? I can’t tell.
I want to say that no one has truly had any good ideas since mobile devices took over, because I feel jaded about where they stand. I know that the iPhone was a once in an era event, but I don’t want to believe that all of the crazy ideas around computing that came around during that time are not. I miss being told that HTML5 apps will truly displace native apps. I miss every new KDE and Gnome release bringing interesting rethinking of certain ui paradigms.
But, if Apple isn’t right about the future of computing, then who is? All the companies who are trying to push their post-mobile visions are the ones who weren’t the ones to bring mobile to the masses in the first place.
THE ANTITHESIS TO INNOVATION IS MATURITY
Mature platforms change in increments with slow and decisive thinking. My argument maybe ridiculous because of the fact that maturity slows innovation. Innovation can still be found, and whether or not I find excitement in them doesn’t take away from said innovation. Though there is venerable proof in the maturity of computing as seen through slowing IPO rates in technology companies and the less radicalization of each major software and hardware releases year after year.
I once read that technology lives in a cycle. I grew up during the innovation cycle for sure, but as we go through more and more of incremental changes in technology, I find it harder and harder to keep my excitement in technology the same.
All of the major computing platforms are coming to the same conclusions, removing all but minor differences. Apple is getting to the same machine learning future that Google is getting to that Microsoft is trying to achieve through bots. But if Apple isn’t right about the future of computing, then who is?
My relationship with technology is odd. I’ve been soaking up as much as I can since I was just 13 years old. Now that 7 years have passed of me obsessing over computers, the tea just doesn’t taste the same. I miss pouring over technical documents and not feeling jaded. I miss the enthusiasm. Nowadays when I send Sadiq a link to some hopeful would be technology, we just lol at it with a shitty emoji. But I remember getting mad whenever I would read Marco Arment and John Gruber tell us that Apple had it right. I was dumb and immature and i’d troll on my blog and on Twitter way more than I should have, but that version of me still had passion. Nowadays i’m just afraid that if Apple isn’t right about the future, who is?
 Differences that may undoubtedly matter more to some like design choices, the companies choice on privacy, and the such.
[Post Script]: Hi there! it’s been quite a while since i’ve blogged, and I miss it. I hope you’re doing well and thank you for reading.