Wondering why when the world begins to shift, we feel compelled to inch closer to the edge. Funny, it used to be the wasteful obsolescence of clothing that kept us up night.

Yet, now, there’s a pile of technology sitting in the corner of our dwellings, its cumulative value never questioned. Affordability never came into play. Increasing levels of technology seemed must haves. We raced toward each one: the tower, the PowerBook, the MacBook Pro, the Ray drive, an iPod, the iPhone, the iPad…and so on. We got to what we thought was a decent level of mobility. And then we pulled back. Why? The backache of carrying around a laptop, the fear of losing all your data on one road trip, and simply because we can.

The real news is that as we’re catching up with technology and becoming more mobile, we’re gaining an understanding of exactly what we need technology to do and we’re learning how to cast off the middle ground. It’s a clarifying moment. The clunky middle ground of digital paraphernalia is being erased. It’s redundant.

There’s confidence in recognizing who’s in control. Frenetic multitasking derives from our scrambling to keep up with technology. If we shut out the sensory overload and establish exactly what can get done efficiently, we’ll relearn how to live in the moment.

Imagine the day when everything you’ve collected, watched, heard, acquired, bought or invested in is accessible to you, no matter where you are or what device you’re using. Suddenly, what we own becomes connected to what we do. And once that cognitive tool is incorporated in the body schema, the brain will adopt it as a critical extension of ourselves.

Soon the wired systems that support our home networks and “the cloud” will support us and give us the security we need while we’re roaming through mobile networks. Some have already begun, allowing us to envision object as fluid as app, as transformative. Once the technology lives up to human application, we’ll be ever more empowered to collaborate and be inspired.

As our mobile tools become literate objects, their potential reads like mundane science fiction. And that’s a good thing.

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