My dad took me to see Tron when I was very young. We went to the local fleapit cinema in Dennistoun near Glasgow City Centre. I watched the movie in total awe at this strange world inside a computer.
This place where information zipped and zapped itself around while people shared information and collaborated. It amazed me. Battles happened with the world and my life was forever changed.
Then in high school i was involved in the first year of teaching computing at my school. We had BBC Micro’s and I remember learning some basic but never felt the teacher knew what he was doing that much so nobody really learned much. I knew that computers would forge a future I just didn’t know how it would forge mine. 10 Print etc 😉
Around this same time I was told about a book called Neuromancer. I went and picked up a copy and sat down to read it. I stayed up all night and finished the book in one go.
I was mesmerised by the world created by William Gibson. The word cyberspace has stuck firmly in my brain every since.
It’s where I live today.
It’s where I work.
We may not be IN the Grid.
We may not be jacked into Cyberspace.
But we are there. Digitally connecting. Information sharing. Conversing and communicating.
For my talk in fourth year in English we had to do a talk about something and I chose Neuromancer.
I talked about how the world would be smaller. We would all be connected no matter where we were in the world. I told them about Cyberspace – this ethereal world where our other lives are led.
My teacher said she didn’t understand much about what I was talking about but that I seemed so genuinely passionate about it that it must be interesting. She gave me a high mark and that was the end of that.
I always wonder if she is on Facebook now. I wouldn’t mind just dropping her a line and saying…see told you it would work out 😉
The world as we knew it then has changed so much. Not always for the better. But it’s nice to see the future come to fruition.