Pre-MWC Interview with Genevieve Bell – History’s Role in Today’s Technologies

Winston Churchill observed that, “The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see." What does history tell us about the future of mobile and wearable technology?

Henry VIII does not usually come to mind as a pioneer in wearables, but Cultural Anthropologist, Genevieve Bell, believes that he should. By going back 500 years to examine Henry VIII and the armor that was used to protect him and his army, you begin to understand the role wearable technology has played in our past and how it will continue to impact our future. The armor during the 16th century was designed to support the wearer, whether they were a king of substantial girth, or a tournament competitor looking to win his next joust.  The design of the armor continued to evolve over time and adapt to the needs and expectations of the user.

In an interview with Genevieve, whose job description involves inventing the future, she reflects on the past and how concepts such as mobile and wearable technologies have been a part of our history since the beginning of time. She dives deeper into the notion that being mobile is a natural part of the human condition and will continue to be a driving force in all that we do.

If you’re headed for Mobile World Congress make sure to check out Genevieve’s presentations on “Forget What You Think You Know,” in which she explores the human side of technology and “Mobile Innovation 2024: The Future… What’s Next?” which explores what it takes to foster innovation and what it takes to create the products of tomorrow.

In the comments, or on Twitter, tell us how you see history impacting the future of technology!

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