If you were born pre 1965 you've lived through an extraordinary time in technology creation. In the early 1980s we suddenly had cable television (yes before that rural Americans used cable to get network channels). Suddenly there were all these new channels. A few years later came the pager. Now someone could immediately let you know they needed to talk to you. Of course you still had to fumble for change and find an unoccupied phone booth.
A couple of years later came the widespread use of car phones. Car phones had been around for a number of years before but were very unreliable and outrageously expensive to use. By the mid to late 80s that all changed. By the early 1990s car phones morphed into cell phones. Now making and taking calls could be from anywhere (that had a sufficient signal). The first cell phones were bulky, usually carried in a bag and still expensive to use. But by the late 1990s cell phones were much smaller and had become cheaper than using a land line.
Also in the early 1990s was the new thing at the time called "AOL" (the name Internet started a few years later). I remember first hearing about it at a party in 1994 while still living in Maryland. Someone asked me if I was "AOL"? I had to get a geek friend explain the concept of a "page."
Over the next 15 years we got the Ipod, smart phones and tablets and GPS. The Internet became much more user friendly with far more capabilities.
Since then we seem to have fallen into a technology divot. While there have been new models of Iphones and tablets the differences are becoming minimal. There seems to be very little differential between the Iphone 6 I had and the Iphone 8 I got a few months back. I saw an article yesterday in which tech gurus were critical of all of the hype around the Iphone X.
For now things like driverless cars seem decades away like the talk of mobile communication appeared in the 1960s. Remember when the original Star Trek essentially had what now is a cell phone in the show (forgot what they called it). I recall my 4th grade teacher telling us one day we would all have that kind of device.
Some might say we have as much technology as we can use or need. Still, I wonder what hasn't been thought of? Also, what about virtual realities on a large scale and time travel. Something I was watching on YouTube a few weeks back said that time travel will one day be a reality and that the technology is slowly falling in place. I think about going back to the late 1940s (no desire to go back to a day in which there was no indoor plumbing). Or the day JFK was elected.
The reasons for this deficit appear to be numerous. Shifting resources towards consolidation, stock buy backs and dividend payments, no new visionaries like Steve Jobs turning dreams into realities, changes in personal economics and technology overload, etc. Maybe one day we will be beamed up and down the galaxy a la Star Trek but for now its like that pipe dream of mobile communication circa 1968 when I was in 4th grade.