Monday, 30 May 2011

Technology and the Future

Technology is obviously a massive part of everyone's lives. If we went back say 60 years in time and tried to live like we do now, most people (at least those of my age) would end up curled up in the foetal position in some dark room somewhere waiting for the next leap to be the leap that took them home. Or for Marty McFly to come scoop them up into his weedy arms and ride off into the sunset.

But that isn't going to happen. Nobody is going to go back in time because it's sort of impossible (and if it was invented you wouldn't be able to go back any further than when the time machine was first invented. probably). Embracing change is part of human nature and culture, the only reason we even survived is because we could adapt, and now with advances in technology we don't even have reason to evolve.

Recently there have been developments in digital media, changing things to the extent that physical things like hard drives and even books may become obsolete, and this has become a concern for some people. My cousin Chlo, who recently completed an English course at Manchester University has expressed concern over the fact that books are soon become obsolete, being replaced with things such as Kindles. Her words specifically were "what if your children never got to see a book?" Now the first thing that comes to my mind is; so what? Just because they haven't got physical books doesn't mean they won't have the opportunity to read. If I ever do trick a woman into having children with me, then I will sure as hell make sure they'll have a few books under their belt, but I honestly don't give a fuck over whether they read it from paper or off a screen. And besides, until the world's entire supply of literature has all been translated to a digital format books won't be dying any time soon. People still buy vinyl for a variety of reasons, so books, while maybe becoming less popular, would not completely cease to exist.

I made a post a while ago about a band called Ayreon, headed by Arjen Anthony Lucassen. Arjen has a big concern about becoming too dependant on machines, leading to some next matrix-like future. This shows in his music, especially a recent album, 01011001 which dealt with a race whos technology had progressed so far they had become dependant on it, and had lost all sense of emotion. I think there are a few people who actually are scared of this sort of situation taking place, but if it DOES happen it's going to be a very fucking long time, and I'm pretty sure even the idea of it is unrealistic considering resources and politics.

Anyways my main point is that people should not be scared of technology, they should embrace of it. Instead of avoiding what you don't know about, you should make the effort to learn more and adapt, as humans do. Advances in technology are usually for the better, and the only thing that worries me is companies exploiting it, like Amazon making your digital books "expire" which would be fucking ridiculous.

9 comments:

  1. I like a lot of the new technology, but it also costs money...

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  2. It's more about who uses advanced techs for what purpose :3

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  3. Oh dont mention it :X :X :X 1 night with my friend tried to figure how we will make a time machine and after 1 hour of thinkin my head almost blow up

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  4. Good points. I love the foetal position metaphor. I'm waiting until we get dishwashers with buil-in touchscreen and ability to surf on the Internet. Technology is important, but it can't 'dumben' us.

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  5. Nice read. Who knows what will the future bring to us...

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  6. I think you are better than most mmmm

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  7. Yeah, a technological advancement can be meant for one thing, and used for a completely different one. Kinda like that nuclear bomb thang.

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  8. Evil or good doesn't derive from the heartless tech but from those that [ab]use it.

    Nice read!

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