“My Technology Is Smart, But Am I?”

I have a new piece with the Huffington Post today, Healthy Living section:

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9 thoughts on ““My Technology Is Smart, But Am I?”

  1. Great article. I’ve been pondering about these topics with my girlfriend as well… it scares us to think what the future holds intellectually and ethically. I do love the association you made with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s as I hadn’t thought of that and it’s indeed an interesting aspect to consider.

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    • Thanks for reading. And I know what you’re saying. I keep asking myself where are we going? And why? Each cell phone ad I see makes me a little sick. There are so many assumptions. We all want better, faster, sleeker, and unlimited.

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  2. You asked “How did we get here? Why is our society the way it is now?”

    It’s the evolution of technology.

    The type writer revolutionized the process of writing.
    Electricity revolutionized the entire world.
    The Rotary phones revolutionized communication with one another.
    Cars revolutionized how we traveled.
    The internet has revolutionized writing, and communication. Suddenly, we didn’t need to send “snail mail” (as it is fondly referred to now days). We could send it.
    Then we wanted things faster and better; more efficient. Then came the cell phones, and then those suddenly morphed and changed slowly until they revolutionized how we communicate today.

    And now the it’s about the “E-readers”, and the “Nook Tablets” , and the “iPads” and whatnot, and the scary part is, when you step back and take a look around you, you realize that the reason college students can’t/won’t (take your pick) pick up and actual dictionary or thesaurus, is because books are seemingly, slowly becoming obsolete. You might disagree with my, you might agree. But that’s what I see.

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    • No, I do agree. I think you’re right on. And sometimes it feels like an arbitrary line I’ve drawn. I own a laptop but not a cell phone. I hate cell phones and I’ve never owned one. But I blog and write micro-posts on Twitter. I email every day. Then again, I don’t believe in Facebook. I’m all tangled up.

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      • Ironic, isn’t it? How we can use one form of technology that has revolutionized so much of society, but refuse to use something like a cell phone, which more people have over a computer.

        Personally, I hate hate hate how books are becoming digitalized and now, instead of books there are digital readers. I prefer the feel of the book in my hand, the weight of it, and the clarity of the printed text. I refused to read books online or with the “E-readers” and whatnot. The younger generations aren’t being taught the comfort and the happiness a good book can bring. The dog eared pages, the pages with tears in them from so much use, the feel of the pages beneath your fingers… These digital “books” are ruining the idea of real books, which is really quite disheartening.

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  3. So, do you guys think there were discussions similar to this back in the mid-1400’s?

    “Wow, Henry! Have you seen these new manuscripts Johannes is turning out with his new little moveable type printing press? I love how clear the letters are and how quickly he can turn out new books.”

    “Yes, Ivan. I have seen them. I hate them and refuse to use them. I much prefer the character of the manuscripts when they have been written by hand or carved into wood. It used to take some effort to print a book. People really had to be motivated to print something. Now, anybody will be able to print a book. The overall quality of writing is definitely going to suffer because of this. I hate technology.”

    “What do you mean you hate technology? I just heard you killed a deer with that new muzzelloader rifle thingy? Isn’t that using technology?”

    “Shut up Ivan.”

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  4. Like I said, it’s a pretty arbitrary line I draw in the sand. I love the invention of the wheel, moveable type, ovens, laptops, and refrigerators. Not a fan of cell phones, ipods, and genetically modified food.

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    • I can understand cell phones and genetically modified food. There are so many things wrong with genetically modified food, and Monsanto, quite frankly, needs to be shut down, burned to the ground, and thrown into hell.

      However, I actually quite like the creation of the iPod. It’s really convenient to have your entire music library in the palm of your hand. Plus, music helps me keep my sanity when I get mad, and is an all around comfort to have right there when you need it.

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  5. You’re right Pete. The line is largely arbitrary. And it seems like everyone draws the line differently. For example, I am surgically attached to my iPad and was a very early adopter of the cell phone. But, I have this inexplicable hatred for Twitter and Facebook. No real reason for the line. It’s just there.

    What really intrigues me is how people view their own line as some sort of moral high ground. They see others who haven’t adopted their technologies of choice as unintelligent and stuck in the past. And they see others who have adopted technologies they don’t like as immature and overly reliant on technology. People are the worst.

    And I’m with you on the genetically engineered food, so long as that doesn’t somehow denigrate the seedless watermelon.

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