Thursday, October 23, 2014
SHOULD ALL THIS TECHNOLOGY CONCERN US A LITTLE?
With our advanced technology, it is amazing what we have come to accept as the way things are, leaving us to just shrug our shoulders.
For example, we've all seen this type of error come across our computer screens, often at the expense of a lot of work.
Aren't all errors unexpected?
Are you some of you setting out to make mistakes?
I am reminded of the time, years ago, that Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated, "If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25.00 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon."
In response to Bill's comments, General Motors a press release that included the following:
If GM had developed technology like Microsoft...for no reason whatsoever, your car would crash twice a day...(and) for some reason you would simply accept this.
There is no doubt that we all benefit from technology.
And look at the impact it has had, with industries that have risen and fallen within our lifetimes.
The video rental business did not exist prior to 1980 and is all but extinct.
Ditto the compact disc.
Remember your Sony Walkman?
How about your boombox?
I know a couple of you readers remember these...
Even music downloads are looking like their days are numbered, as streaming looks to be the delivery model of the future.
To everything, there is a season.
For the record (those are pretty much gone, too!), Pete Seeger stole that line from a much older lyricist.
Does anyone even have a home phone anymore? Ever see a pay phone these days?
Where the heck does Superman change clothes?
Remember when you used to have to develop film?
And now cars warn you when you're drifting out of your lane.
Yes, the world has changed.
But we may want to be careful how much control we cede to technology.
I am not rushing to have my home security controlled by my phone, for example, especially when my naked selfies are not even secure on my phone.
After all, as scary as the thought of a nekkid photo of me is, remember how scary it can be when the technology takes over:
I'll be back!