Saturday, July 15, 2006

What next?

Sometimes this baby boomer can't sleep. I don't want to turn on the television, for fear it will keep me awake longer. I have noticed that I have a kind of "ipod" in my brain. I can recall tunes and play them for my amusment. Last night I was listening to some Copland from my brain, and I started thinking about how far technology has come in my lifetime. In the early 80's, when I was first a detective, we had to share a pager. The detective on call would keep the pager for that week. It was the size of a cigarette pack (one more thing to carry) and it would beep, signaling you to call the dispatcher. Of course you would have to find a pay phone - there were no cell phones back then. Before I retired, all the detectives had their own cell phones, and even the kind with that annoying two-way walkie-talkie. We got GPS's to follow the bad guys, and sometimes even to follow our own officers. We had body bugs and pin-hole cameras for undercover operations. We got in car cameras to record every traffic stop. Now there is a computer in every police car. This makes me wonder what will be invented in the next twenty years. I can only imagine that it will be something "in body", like my brain ipod. Maybe a forehead camera for police officers?

4 comments:

squire said...

It's a shame when the cops have to record traffic stops to cover their on asses.

Motherkitty said...

No, cops will all become cyber cops with cameras implanted where their left eye is and a chip in their brain. Then they will be fitted with bionic legs to run faster and a bionic arm to immobilize their suspect better. Didn't they make a movie about a cop like this with Peter Weller?

Texas2Tennessee said...

I'm waiting for the temple implant where I can just plug in all my electronic devices and guide them with brainwaves, instead of having to type.

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

texas2tennessee has a good idea there and it's already being worked on I'm sure.

I can't wait to see what new technologies are in our future.