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Technological slaves

In todays modern society technology is a development that is here to stay. Nearly all of us use a mobile phone, tablet, computer, microwave, car, airplane, moving staircase, elevator, etc. on a more or less regular basis. Machines or automated devices that take away much of the strain from us, and in return make our life more comfortable or let us experience or discover new things.
But when is the moment that we can speak of too much technology? What is the moment when we can't escape technology any longer to function properly? Watch the video and you will see a person who no longer is comfortable anymore in the current digital world:

Copyright: giantmiles

As one comment to the video states it briefly: Seems like we're more interested in capturing, sharing, and comparing experiences than in actually EXPERIENCING them. And as someone else posted: Did you know that some people would actually FILM a person in distress rather than helping them.
Are we becoming technological slaves or are we still in control? Nowadays we have the succesor of the revolving door that you had to push manually, namely the automatic revolving door. With this automatic door, the decision is already made for you how this machine will function. That's okay when you have the time, but it's a little bit irritating when you are in a hurry, because when you want to go faster you can't push it, it will stop.
The mobile phone is of course a 'normal' technological companion in your everyday life. But in some cafe's the usage of Wordfeud on your phone was prohibited, a cafe is a place for social interaction, not for staring at a small screen. Later on, the same attitude was displayed in some cafe's, when Google Glass made it's appearance. For some it was too obstrusive, somehow a -socially accepted- line was crossed.

Copyright: John Blanding, Boston Globe

But do we need all this new technology? Well, it can be very surprising when we take a look back. At the beginning of this century, when the mobile phone was slowly entering the mainstream market, people were in no need of such a device. In an interview of that time with 'the man on the street' the replies were remarkably sober 'Why do I need it? I got a phone at home' or 'Then I will recieve calls all day long, no thank you'. Well, the future turned out a bit different then that. And with the self driving car around the corner and robot restaurants opening their doors it looks like there is no stopping this devolopment. We know for sure that new technology is coming, even if we don't like it. And that we will buy this new technology, even if we don't need it.
What do you think, will we be mere slaves and follow along, or will we be masters of our technology?


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Technology is what brought us here. Otherwise, we would still be living in natural caves. Technology can be used and/or abused. It is the abuse that we should avoid. In order to drive the economy we are living in a monetary world where the gap between the rich and the poor is becoming larger every day. The way technology is used today, it is just increasing the gap. Advertising is one of the main problems in society. It is causing all kinds of issues regarding privacy and providing people with subjective information on which they base their decisions. Furthermore, the ridiculous value that is set on companies like Facebook (billions for something built in a garage) is purely based on speculation and not real value: person-hours of work + expenses. It is this opportunistic manner of distributing money that is increasing the gap. Technology can actually propel us to the future if we use it wisely. Have a look at the "venus project" by Jacques Fresco where a resource based society is promoted. Computer simulations can help us make the right decisions. Now politics makes decisions based on bribery and gut feeling. Politicians that are chosen by the public are usually not well informed to take the right decisions. The world is so complex that we need a computer simulation and data from around the world to make a balanced decision. I am convinced that technology can help us further, but given to the wrong people, it can also kill us. Furthermore, the economic system has brought us as far as it can, but IT needs to be changed, not the technology. We will need technology to simulate new scenarios to decide which one is best. I agree with that people use technology in the wrong way, there are those who are only bystanders that do not participate or help others. Still, the technology is not flawed, it is the person using it that is flawed. Driven by trends that are created by only a few who dare to try something new. Lets face it, people are sheep. If one sheep is over the fence, the rest will follow.
15 November 2016, 23:02:08

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