Keeping up with Technology

Last Update: October 14, 2014

How we senior citizens respond to the latest and the greatest...........

Just a short blog this time. The video link speaks for itself, enjoy!

ELDERS REACT TO OCULUS RIFT

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CarlaIves Premium
Interesting, but I got the feeling they were making fun of "us." I get a wee bit annoyed when they start doing "special" things for seniors, but I did see that they tested it on other age groups, too. I guess they want seniors because they feel we have the $$$. I've actually tested a device something like this before. To me, it looks like a video game. I wouldn't buy one, but I think the technology is quite interesting.
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WillingToTry Premium
Maybe they were making fun of us seniors Carla, but I'm willing to bet that many WA folk of all ages, will soon make use of some form of VR in online marketing endeavours!
Virtual shopping malls and museums are already the order of the day and simulations are already in use or are being developed to train and teach in a variety of fields! Back in the day I used simulations to augment the teaching of History and even wrote a few myself! Technology is rapidly changing the way we do things and can only get better!
Have a look:
http://www.vrs.org.uk/virtual-reality-healthcare/advantages.html
~Arthur
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CarlaIves Premium
Oh, I believe that virtual reality is the thing of the future, Arthur. I just didn't like the way it was presented as "magick" to all these old farts who were just mesmerized by what was beyond them. I'm sorry, but I take offense at them. I've had a computer since 1985 and, while I know not everyone has, most of the people my age I know are very computer and tech savvy. Here's a blog I wrote a few weeks ago when AARP came out with a "special" tablet for us dumb seniors. UGH WARNING: This is my personal blog and I say anything I want. The English may not be correct and there may be some swearing involved. http://oldbustedhotness.com/2014/09/aarp-announces-tablet-design-baby-boomers/
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WillingToTry Premium
Know exactly what you mean Carla, I have had a similar reaction to companies that came up with "special laptops" for toddlers! My instant response to these condescending, patronising con-artists is: "Who do they think they are talking to?"
When my daughter was little, I exposed her to the genuine article from the start and was amazed at how quickly she mastered the technology!
In my opinion a senior is just as capable of quickly learning new technology and is street smart to boot!

The marketers sometimes get it all wrong!

~Arthur
PS love your personal blog! :))
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BrooklynPhil Premium
That was very interesting, both the technology and the reactions. I'm not anti-technology, but I do see a price to be paid (above and beyond the cost of it) for every technological advancement.

I don't carry a cell phone because I see it as a convenience for somebody else rather than mine. Heck, if you call my home phone number you're going to get my voicemail. Unless you were returning my call to your voicemail, then I'll pick up. Why would it be any different if I had a cell phone.

Yes, isn't technology wonderful.
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WillingToTry Premium
Your take on technology is partly right Phil, there is always a price to be paid, but in my opinion that's only one side of the story!
All advances in history come with negative and positive spinoffs and IT and its allied fields are no exception....just one example, the technology behind the jet aircraft and the V2, terror weapon of WW2, also ushered in the Space race along with many of its spinoff benefits to mankind.
If you have the time you may want to read this:
http://www.amazon.com/The-Lucifer-Principle-Scientific-Expedition/dp/0871136643
Not being controversial for the sake of it and I respect your point of view!
Kind regards
~Arthur
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BrooklynPhil Premium
Arthur, I appreciate your respect, but I don't expect anyone to agree with me. I know I'm out of step with everyone that 'needs' a cell phone. I'm okay with that.
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WillingToTry Premium
Thats perfectly OK Phil, you are in good company with Richard Stallman! Richard detests them for good reason and I think you might enjoy reading this if you haven't done so already:
http://goo.gl/J4dOxp
I have an Apple iPhone 4 only because it was my daughters hand me down to me when she upgraded! How times have changed!
~Arthur
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BrooklynPhil Premium
I have the same exact cell phone as Warren Buffett. ;^)
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WillingToTry Premium
Some people like vintage cars Phil! ;-)
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mrpeter Premium
Haha, I'm 58 too! It's fascinating and a little scary, which I guess was the reaction from most of those people. Thank you for this.
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WillingToTry Premium
You're welcome Peter, the next thing we know we will have "holodecks" in the Star Trek tradition (if we haven't already!)
~Arthur
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WillingToTry Premium
Hi Kathy and thanks for dropping by.....you can be a senior anytime you feel like it...all you have to have is eternal curiosity and a good sense of humour! This kind of thing is not age related!
Have a great day!
~Arthur
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Kathy331 Premium
Haha! Am I a senior at 58? I love technology, the kids bring me their gadgets when they get stuck. :D
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CarlaIves Premium
Kathy, here in the states you're a senior at 50 according to AARP. :)
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Kathy331 Premium
Good gracious, 50, bet you don't get a pension at that age!
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CarlaIves Premium
Nope! But you do get discounts. LOL
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Kathy331 Premium
Haha, discounts are good, you have to be 60 here before that starts!
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