I cannot believe that my previous column — Apple TV+ Foundation: First Impressions — was posted more than a week ago as I pen these words. The problem is that I’m up to my armpits in alligators workwise, frantically fighting fires without a paddle (I never metaphor I didn’t like).
As we speak, I’m running around my office like a headless chicken shouting “Don’t Panic! Don’t Panic!” (it’s fortunate that the butler had already laid out the appropriate costume).
What do you think about the title to today’s column? Personally, I thought it had a better ring to it than my alternative, which was “Here’s Some Interesting Stuff.”
Are you familiar with the Wayback Machine? Created in 1996 and launched to the public in 2001, the Wayback Machine is a digital archive of the World Wide Web that allows users to go “back in time” to see how websites looked in the past. Since its creation, over 613 billion pages have been added to the archive.
Well, there’s an interesting article on Ars Technica about how a new search engine called the Wayforward Machine provides a glimpse into the future of the web by allowing users to go “forward in time” to access the internet in the year 2046.
How many times do you search the internet for a nugget of knowhow or tidbit of trivia each day? Think about this for a moment, and then — as the Ars Technica column instructs us — “Imagine a future without access to knowledge…”
When you go to the Wayforward Machine’s landing page, you are invited to enter a website’s address and then search forward in time. I entered my own website “CliveMaxfield.com” — now I’m depressed to see what our future may hold.
Of course, things may not end up this way… or will they? What say you?