Ken Klemm Spring Hill, FL, USA
The Times, They Are a-Changin’...
That song by Bob Dylan was sung at my high school
graduation in 1972. The message for us was that our
lives were about to change dramatically as we ventured
out into the world.
But it was also prophetic about how the world itself
and society would be changing over the course of our
A bit of reverse imagination (how things used to be)...
My Philadelphia high school had computer terminals:
typewriter keyboards with letter quality printers that
produced typographic characters on continuous sheets of
paper - the only feedback you got. Graphic images were
displayed as patterns of typographic characters. These
terminals were dialed into a mainframe computer at
Princeton University in New Jersey.
Today I carry a smart phone in my pocket weighing 6
ounces that has more computing power than all the
combined computers at Princeton University in 1972.
More than 70% of internet traffic today has one of
these smart phones at one end of the route.
Ten years ago there were no smart phones. (Steve Jobs
unveiled the iPhone in January 2007. Touchscreen
Android phones launched in February 2010.)
Today the most popular medium for human dialogue is
Facebook Messenger - probably the lowest form of human
interaction so far.
Thirteen years ago there was no Facebook. (Founded
February 4, 2004 - exactly ten months before Mentoring
Today anyone can star in their own video show on
Twelve years ago there was no YouTube. (Founded
February 2005, bought by Google in October 2006 for
When I built my first website,
BrooklynLittleLeague.org, in 1996 there was no Google.
(Google.com was registered September 15, 1997.)
The oldest GPS satellite still in operation was
launched in August 1991. Prior to that, we navigated
with cumbersome things called maps.
Technology will always evolve. We utilize SYNTHETIC
IMAGINATION to embrace the constant changes, and learn
to use the ever-evolving tools to our advantage.
We can exercise CREATIVE IMAGINATION without creating a
new platform or requiring millions of development
dollars. Most platforms today, including The Mentoring
App, have a form for submitting suggestions.
There are no limits!
Your Friend and Servant,
P.S. “The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slowest now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is rapidly fading
And the first one now will later be last
For the times they are a changing.”
~ Bob Dylan