When I was writing a comment to the site last night, I was thinking about technology and the velocity of change. So much has evolved in our lives in even in the last two decades, with the near universal uptake of the Internet, mobile communications, self-serve everything, etc.
At the same time, I don't think the level of change has been as extreme as it was in the opening half of the previous century. A person born in 1900 could conceivably have gone from gas lamps and horse-drawn carriages to the moon landing, jet travel, and car phones. The alterations in our own lifetimes have not been nearly as extreme -- or have they?
The day of the Boston Marathon bombing, I was forcibly struck by how much is different about the ways we interact and the ways we gather information. Instead of sitting in front of a television to listen to a news reader pass information tidbits, people connected through online social media, tweeting from the scene, and uploading video. Online news sites like CNN and the Boston Globe invited users to send along images and updates about what they'd seen and heard.
Every moment there was new information to be had, more connections. We could go online and donate almost instantly to funds for the injured. It felt like a global community, a world reduced to the size of a village.
So yes, things have changed quite profoundly in our lifetime. Recognizing that, the EE Times and the EE Times Designlines have undergone not just a facelift but a complete reimagining to create an engineering community for our time.
The EE Times universe has always had a spirited and engaged readership, but now the sites have been revamped to deliver tools that make it easy for you to be a part of the dialogue. Instead of going down the hallway to talk to a colleague when you have a problem, now you can go through virtual hallway and tap the expertise of the world. You can share your thoughts and opinions, uploading comments, images, even video. We'll be delivering daily updates with voices from some of the top companies in industry.
You'll still get the weekly newsletter with highlights, but you can also stop by the site at any time to jump in and be a part of the ongoing dialogue about technology, industry activities, new announcements, etc. So take a look around, and tell us what you think.
You can even do it on video.