Back in the days of early micros, there was a sense that a world of magic was opening and anything was possible. We could create things that seemed impossible ten years before. The only problem was that it was damn hard to do much with only 256 bytes of memory (the RAM in my first 8008 box) and no online resources or information. There was a great sense of accomplishment simply getting the next computer working, let alone doing anything useful.
Today I see 11 and 12 year olds building robots and programming using languages more capable then anything I had access to in University. I am amazed by the things people of all ages bring to maker fairs and school tech events.
People tinkering with electronics and computers today have the best of all worlds. The great thing about the maker ecosystem is that the hardware, software and knowledge needed to make almost anything you can dream of is readily to hand.