We shall be able to communicate with one another instantly, irrespective of distance. – Nikola Tesla
The concept of a wireless phone that was small enough to fit in your pocket was first proposed by Nikola Tesla in 1926, 81 years before the iPhone. His prediction of a device that would allow us to communicate instantly, “irrespective of distance,” was not only super creepy, but makes you wonder what life would be like today if our ancestors spent as much time staring at screens as we do now.
Would the ancient Egyptians have created the first cat memes? Would the Declaration of Independence be 140 characters or less? Would we even have a written language or would we communicate in emojis and GIFs?
We hired artists to add a technological twist to 8 famous paintings, offering us a glimpse into what life might look like if technology ruled our past the way it rules our present. If you feel like you spend too much time online, Rediscover the Art of Living in the Moment and reduce your unwanted screen time with Onward.
The Last Selfie
Everybody wants a selfie with a celebrity, but it’s hard to imagine anyone would be listening to what he had to say while searching for the perfect filter. As far as important moments go, this would have been a pretty big missed opportunity.
The Creation of Instagram
God created Adam in His own image, so his Instagram account would’ve been epic. But unless He also created Tinder around the same time, he might never have met Eve and the human race would’ve ended before it began. #SwipeRight
The Goddess of “Likes”
Venus was known for throwing some pretty sick parties, but like any young starlet, you leak one nude and suddenly you’re labeled a slut. Next thing you know, the only roles you can get are on Law & Order.
Sunday Fun Day
Any plans to stare at your phone somewhere fun this weekend? I hear the park has great reception and the lighting is amaaaaazing! #NoFilter
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Hashtags
#Apples #Basket #FoodPorn #NomNoms
Cool pic bro. @Cezzanne
In 1776, George Washington crossed the Delaware on a mission to defeat the British at the Battle of Trenton. The Instagram Story would’ve been great for historians but not so much for the soldiers who were planning a surprise attack.
Like Mother, Like Son
There’s a lot of speculation about why Whistler asked his mother to sit for this portrait. Most assume she was just too tired to stand. But she was also 67, which was like 150 in 1871. What’s your excuse for sitting in front of a screen all day?
Beats by Johannes Vermeer
Part of the reason The Girl with the Pearl Earring is so famous is due to its mysteriousness. Who was she? What was she thinking? Today, you could just Google her or follow her on Twitter. #MysterySolved
Technology has become an integral part of our daily lives (on average we look at our phones 85 times a day). And it’s not all bad. It allows us to travel vast distances, cure diseases, and perform tasks with unprecedented efficiency. But studies have shown time and again that it has also made us more insecure, less patient, and diminished our ability to communicate in meaningful ways. According to a study by Microsoft, since the year 2000 our obsession with social media has decreased the human attention span from 12 to 8 seconds. Even a goldfish can stay focused longer than that!
We’ve reached a tipping point in our social evolution where we can choose to look up from our devices and incorporate the world around us, or get lost forever in a world that seems just as real but never will be. Moderation is key and it is up to each of us to decide when it’s time to take a break.
Don’t let technology control your future like it controlled your past! Find your tech-life balance with Onward.