I’m sitting here, my radio broadcasting news on the continued flooding around Britain, waiting for my broadband to come back to life – the fault is no doubt flood-related – staring at a $10 tiny 1Gb microSD card which arrived in the post this morning. I remember when it took a whole 5.25″ of flat, bendy, shiny material to store just a fraction of this at something not a million miles off the same cost.
Technology, amazing as it is, clearly has an uncomfortable grip on us. My internet connection is obviously back now – I’m able to post this blog entry, after all – but for a good couple of hours I experienced that awful disconnected feeling. A little reminder of my uncomfortable reliance on technology – our uncomfortable reliance on technology – and something we should all keep in mind as we promote the very same high-tech solutions throughout the developing world.