1) everything that’s already in the world when you’re born is just normal;
2) anything that gets invented between then and before you turn thirty is incredibly exciting and creative and with any luck you can make a career out of it;
3) anything that gets invented after you’re thirty is against the natural order of things and the beginning of the end of civilisation as we know it until it’s been around for about ten years when it gradually turns out to be alright really.
I care not to remember my precise age, but I regret that I must now rule out careers in the following areas. Moreover, I am duty bound to be baffled by these until next year at the earliest.
- Smartphones including app development
- LED/LCD TVs, Blu-Rays, Digital Music
- Hybrid cars
- Nano technology
- Large Hadron Colliders
- Britain’s Got Talent / Pop Star nonsense
- Electronic paper
- Wireless power
- Liberal Democrats in government
- Social networks
- My own child (from 2018)