Remember, September 11, 2001
It’s hard to believe, today is already the 12 year anniversary of 9/11. The conference that I’m attending in Washington DC had these pins and it got me thinking. There’s been so much technological change over the last decade or so and unfortunately not much social change during the same time.
The 9/11 attacks were an inflection point that had a huge impact on history, of course, It certainly changed the course of several countries. But this is a photography blog so I won’t get into politics. On the photography front, 9/11 was the event that brought digital to the forefront, at least in photo journalism.
The primitive DSLRs of that era recorded some of the most iconic images from those tragic events. Some apparently survived within the rubble of those fallen buildings. In 12 years, with the help of Moore’s Law, we can all get digital cameras for $100 that, in many ways, rivals the images captured by those early digital cameras. The 2.6MP Nikon D1 used back then cost $5000. That’s down from $12,000 for a Kodak DSLR just a few years before that.
I know machines change quicker than people, understandably. And not all technology changes are good. But wouldn’t it be wonderful if some of this positive technology can make a positive impact on society, perhaps making it improve a bit faster.
Please support this blog by clicking on my Amazon Link before buying anything.