If you have an iPhone with an updated operating system, you can search through your photos by typing in something like “ice cream.” Then your phone will display some photos of ice cream that you’ve taken.
It’s not crazy to think that soon you will be able to search your videos in the same way for the images and dialogue present in the clip.
Living in 2019, this feels like the new normal. This technology is at our fingertips and makes our lives incrementally easier each day. It’s only when you flash back 15 or 20 years that you start to comprehend how profound these changes are.
This past weekend, I was in a house that had VHS tapes stacked up beneath the T.V. These tapes were probably 15 or 20 years old. They came from a home video camera that had limited storage, and now the tapes can only be played in VHS players that are growing rarer by the day.
In contrast, any iPhone has enough storage for hours upon hours of video at a better frame rate and resolution. When you connect to wifi it automatically backs it up to the iCloud and in the near future, you’ll be able to search through those videos to find the clip you’re looking for.
All this transformative change in the course of 15-20 years. When you think about that transition, you’re forced to wrestle with what unimaginable changes may be on the horizon in our world.