Now we turn the page and continue our conversation on this Wednesday, May 11, 2016. I had previously talked about the obsession we have today with technology. Here's an article headline for you: "Parent's smartphones harming children's ability to hold conversations, say teachers." This is based on some recent findings where teachers were queried about the impact they are seeing. Imagine this scenario: The internet is down and I can't communicate with anyone except by telephone. Oh my! This means I may have to actually speak to this person. I work with them all the time. But, to actually speak and have them speak back to me. I'm not sure that I can do it. There may come a day when people forget even how to verbalize at all. Just think. You call up someone and tell them who you are. They are surprised because even after all the message exchanges they were not certain that you were a real person. Laugh if you want to but we may not just be headed in that direction, we, for the most part, are already there. I've experienced folks who were stunned when they got a real person on the line. They actually wanted the voice mail system. See what I am talking about? They were hoping to speak to an electronic messaging system, not a flesh and blood, real human person. Back in the day when I was in charge of a large networking environment, I spoke with people all over the world. It was always interesting when they would come to Houston for a meeting and we would end up meeting face to face. Invariably, I didn't look to them anything like they imagined, and they didn't match my mental picture either. Today you can look them up in any number of ways. You can find their personal photos, their family information, their police records, their home address, their marital history, and many other types of information, mostly all for free, in seconds, if you know how to use the tools available to you. For most people, the good news is that you may never have to have an actual voice to voice communication with them. This brave new world is really something. What say you?