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Smarter Doesn't Mean Less Human

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Kim Davis
Kim Davis  
4/9/2014 3:05:41 PM
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Re: connectivity
Maybe downtime from media of all kinds wouldn't be such a bad thing.

CitySolver
CitySolver  
4/5/2014 10:06:05 AM
User Rank Blogger
connectivity
I see. Yes, I think we all these days need to build into our lives down time where we switch off our devices and retreat from social media. This can be difficult with smart phones so geared to connectivity as you say. Maybe new apps will come about that you say 'downtime' and all your calls and texts are logged silently to be dealt with later. As far as privacy is concerned, we also need apps that 'Make me invisible' so that we are active agents in the data that we allow to seep through the hands as we hold our phones. I think this user focussed data boundaries will become a heated topic among advertisers and the public.

PeterJ
PeterJ  
3/30/2014 4:32:51 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Really?
Agreed - the marketers have been messaging consumers about what they need for a very long time. The medium is a little different now, perhaps faster and fostered by social networks, YouTube hits, etc. - but fundamentally the same.

PeterJ
PeterJ  
3/30/2014 4:30:06 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Relentless consumption
Yes, Terry. I was just reading about exorbitant amount of internet traffic dedicate to Netflix viewing. There's certainly nothing wrong with the netertainment aspect of that, but Internet does not equal knowledge/experience by osmosis.

PeterJ
PeterJ  
3/30/2014 4:25:19 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: tech and society
CitySolver, I agree that it's important for us to be reminded of those priorities. I've talked with colege students about this, and I think the dynamic change a lot with mobile computing - smartphones. The connectivity became constant, without separation.

PeterJ
PeterJ  
3/30/2014 4:20:34 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Technology
Right, now if we could just come up with a way to work done and be duly compensated for it - then that would be something. I think sometimes, though, more "busy" work is created, and it becomes tougher to channel the human impact of what we do through that.

PeterJ
PeterJ  
3/30/2014 4:17:53 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Technology
My thinking sometimes returns to how far the technology influences us. Do we need it for everything? Can we function adequately adequately without it? I've enjoyed reading this thread. It does open one's eyes to these influnces and how other thinkers view it.

Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
3/29/2014 4:00:41 PM
User Rank Burgher
Re: Technology
I am thankful for my IPad which allows me to communicate, research, photograph, record, document and whatever the newer apps will allow. The advancement in technology reminds me of a movie where people played all day as technology did everything.......maybe that is why we need gym memberships to stay fit. There was an email once that stated technology became so advance the machines created a space exploration device and when it returned to earth it notice some parasites (humans) and proceeded to eliminate them.....

CitySolver
CitySolver  
3/25/2014 3:02:48 PM
User Rank Blogger
tech and society
Excellent point there about CCTV as an example of a ubiquitous technology not really doing anything apart from making us feel watched all the time, expeciaially in the UK which I believe is the most watched country via cameras in the world. On the wider issue of progress and pointless progress, we can only work within the realms of human production and consumption when it comes to material considerations, however, where the material outwins the maker and creates chaos. poverty or social paranoia, it is indeed time for a debate about that particular technology. This is precisely why panels that decide on weighty issues need to made up of many different experts- scientists, philosophers, psychologists, industrialists etc. As the article points out the benefits/effects of new technology will usually be half way between the scientists claims and the activists nightmares.

Toby
Toby  
3/24/2014 9:46:41 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Childhood's End
In the novel of the same title by A. C. Clark he outlines a world where the excesses of human immaturity such as seemed likely to eliminate the species (or so it seemed in 1950) have been curbed y the appearance from outer space of a race of beings known simply as The Overlords. These beings have caused the elimination of crime by simply presenting man with a device that can replay history anywhere and at any point in time for review. This makes the liklihood of crime going undiscovered practically zero and so crimes other than those of passion, have ceased to be.

Now we have such a "machine" and we call it CCTV. Yet crime has not ceased to be nor has it's execution been in any real way diminished by the presence of CCTV yet the predictive reasoning of the novel is sound. This stands, for me anyway, as a great example of how poorly we truly understand the impact of machines and the entirely random and not at all predictable impact they end up having on our lives and our futures. Look at the Internet as a prime example.

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