“Collect moments not things”

“Tell me about your most important innovation in your..”

This week, our professor asked us about our most important innovation in our..
So I’m going to tell you something about the most important innovation in my life.

Humans are definitely the planet’s designated experts in the field of invention and innovation. Our use of invention, or the innovation of process in new ways, may be what truly defines us as a species. Every once in a long while, something is invented which changes, in some small or some big way. Over time, this has made us unique among the animals. While little inventions and innovations come out every day, it is THIS big one that’s the important one for me.

Skype/Internet

So firstly, if there is no internet, then there wouldn’t be any using of Skype. So one of the greatest innovation in our time is the internet, too. Having had the Internet in our lives from childhood onward has had a significant impact on both what and how we learn, not to mention every other facet of our lives. Freedom of information means something very different to compare it to the past. We have become used to almost unlimited access to almost unlimited information. The world was different before the Internet.

Without the Internet, you would not be reading this. There would be no way to instantly find the name of the movie your favorite actor was in five years ago or how much it costs to fly to Indonesia. Online shopping, online banking.. Today, with a couple of clicks, you can go anywhere in the world without leaving your computer.

And for me, it is also Skype connecting to the Internet, which is my most important innovation in my life.
In 2010 my little sister, Lucy, went to the USA to do an Au-Pair-Year there. So she was really far away and I’d missed her a lot but with Skype it was possible to see and hear her, if the Internet worked and then she didn’t seem that far away. It was good to hear her voice and to talk about what was going on in our lives. With Skype it is possible to call your family and friends and share a story, celebrate a birthday, learn a language, hold a meeting, work with colleagues – just about anything you need to do together every day.  Skype is used on phones or computers or a TV with Skype on it. It is free to start using Skype – to speak, see and instant message other people on Skype for example. Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Luxembourg, Skype is a division of Microsoft Corp

So now I’m in a distant land and I’m skyping with my family and friends who remained in Germany and it’s good to see them all and talk to them. Of course it’s not the same as in real life with skype but it helps to overcome the huge distance.

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