Follow-On to the Kindle Product Review
In Red Mars, Kim Stanley Robinson imagines his Mars explorers/settlers having something called a "lectern." The Kindle 2 reminded me a great deal of the lectern with its online library and ability to annotate particular passages. However, KSR's lectern included the following functions as well:
- Video and music downloads (iPod).
- Two-way video, voice, and text communication (video phone/cell phone/text messaging)
- Journal writing/recording. This would be of most use to me, as I go through a handwritten journal once ever couple months.
- Active artificial intelligence and search engine capability (Google). (Character John Boone's lectern was named Pauline. I've renamed my Kindle "Bart's Lectern," which seemed appropriate, if premature.)
So I must accept the fact that this $400 toy I bought, while cool and supremely capable for what it does today, will be supplanted and improved in the next ten years. The technophile in me is loving this stuff and realizes that Ray Kurzweil might in fact be right. The technophobe (or, more to the point, anthrophobe) in me wonders what sorts of wickedness the Kindle, lectern, or other such toy might be put to in the future. Interesting times.