but how long will we need to keep our pencils, pens and markers now that pods, pads and clouds have taken permanent residence in our midst?
Personally, I think both are here to stay. Think of any situation where you need to make a note of something to refer back to later, or a written message you need to get to someone asap. If both are within reach, what do you pick up – the smart phone or the pencil? The iPad or the Post-its?
I’m guessing that you might reluctantly reply: “The pencil and Post-its.” It’s instant isn’t it? Not dependent on wi-fi signal strength, doesn’t need a password, doesn’t have a flat battery – and if the pencil does let you down, they are cheap enough to discard and fish out another one! No having to call up the help desk or fork out funds to replace the expensive 21st century must-have gadget!
Don’t get me wrong – I have all the gadgets and love them – I wouldn’t give them up without a huge fight! But I still have my pot of pens (must have a red one and a yellow highlighter in there somewhere!) And a notebook and a stack of Post-Its … maybe they were the best thing since sliced bread …er… before Apple don’t you think?
Perhaps I may rest my case with a reminder that NASA discovered that ballpoint pens would not work in zero gravity.
Scientists spent a decade and $12 billion to develop a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside down, underwater, on almost any surface including glass and at the most extreme temperatures.
The Russians used a pencil.