And the topic is still spreadsheets

So this week I am back from a two week trip and the topic is still spreadsheets.  I work for the United States Property and Fiscal Office for Ohio and the sole purpose of the organization is to keep track of the federal dollars and federal property that the State of Ohio uses to operate the Ohio National Guard.  So we were counting money, land and equipment from the beginning.  Once again, I remind you that started working right out of high school in 1985.  In 1985, we were not using personal computers.  In my organization input came from a data punch card processor, and a whole department was dedicated to it.  That is my background information.  In the YouTube video “History of Excel” on Excel Talk (Really?) that we watched for class, how we got here was discussed as well as where we go from here.  The presenter says she is not sure how Excel can be improved upon, the implication being that we won’t ever use anything but Excel or an Excel-like product.  Isn’t it ironic that she is presenting on the history of Excel, starting with Babylonian stone tablets.  Do you suppose the guy carving those tablets ever expected to do anything different?  Like paper?  Paper would have been a “disruptive technology”, right?  Isn’t the next big thing too bizarre to even consider?  I mean voice activated software is already here and instead of typing our data and formulas into spreadsheets, we could be having conversations with computers to achieve the same results.  Just like the punch card technology is obsolete today, won’t the electronic spreadsheet technology be obsolete some day?

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