Technology has always been a big part of my life. I remember my family bought a computer when I was just 6 years old. It came in a big box that reminded me of a cow (for those of you who don’t remember, Gateway was a very popular brand back then and their trademark was the black and white spotted box). Not too long after I was introduced to the PC, cell phones exploded into the market, then mp3 players, smart phones, tablets, etc. I found all the new technology spilling into society immensely interesting. As I got older, I made a conscious effort to surround myself with different types of technology beyond consumer devices, and to include myself in discussions about technological innovation and how it would come to shape our world. I didn’t notice it at the time, but those discussions about technology were always in reference to the future; people would constantly talk about how technology would change our lives in the coming years or generations. It wasn’t until I started working at NextFab that I began to realize that while it does make sense to talk about technological innovations and its implications for the future, amazing technologies can also put the past into perspective.