So for my company and for tech in general this is the start of a couple of dead weeks where nothing new gets announced and our customers are focused on other mundane business non tech things.
So in that vein, I wanted to take stock of my personal tech “journey” with a few observations, asides etc. I’d love to hear others as well and of course my opinions are my own and not broadly reflective of anything else.
Most general observation
This seems to be one of the least “innovative” years I’ve seen since I have been in tech. It seems every company big and small has adopted Apple’s approach of ultimate careful incrementalism.
Even Apple’s biggest “innovation” wont actually see the light of day until 2024 and at least so far, after the RDF affect has faded, my take on it is that there is very little if anything “new” about it versus perhaps an incrementally better way of doing what already exists.
eg. The Vision Pro looks to be bringing the best version of a virtual theater yet, but how many really need/want that especially with a giant, heavy chunk of plastic and glass attached their face?
I don’t have a good feeling yet one way or another about the AI space, especially chat gpt. It does seem to have some impressive potential, but at least so far it’s had some serious glaring flaws in actually delivering and itself seems to be only an incremental gain in most cases. e.g. we have started using it for some level 1 support tasks but the net takeaway is that we now can perform that task with three people vs 5.
By far the biggest disappointment for me has been the continued apathy from all the vendors in making less buggy and more importantly secure products. If anything the “move fast and break things” ethos is stronger than ever and in a disturbing trend, many companies “solution” to this is just to more rapidly obsolete products and talk more about version XX…
And you only have to look at 5G tech to see that in action which was supposed to fix many of the flaws of LTE among other claims. But in reality it did so, only to introduce at least as many new flaws and exploits as LTE had.
The one hopeful bright spot, is that there was a lot of genuine improvement is display tech across the board and with the possible exception of the absolute bargain basement “white label” stuff you’d find on Amazon or Bed Bath & Beyond the displays in even the cheapest tech such as Amazon’s Fire 7 is dramatically better that stuff from say 2020.
And 2023 is looking to be a banner year with microLED being one of several “game changers” we will actually see this year.
So that’s my musings… anyone else care to weigh in?