Technology is the New Addiction.
Any sufficiently advanced technology is equivalent to magic. – Arthur C. Clarke
What is Technology? Is it a helping hand for us? Or is it a substitute meant to replace us in future?
Technology according to us is a very vast term, where even a simple tool/machine like a hand fan is known to be a part of innovation and a big tool like Artificial Intelligence is also studied with equal relevance.
Technology or should we say ease of getting things done has become a part of our DNA. Today, a new born baby within few months, learns to operate an iPad or an iPhone. There used to be a time when young children used to learn how to operate a normal kid’s toy and probably failed at it.
It seems as if today’s generation has some sort of coding embedded in their DNA which enables them to start operating any gadget at an early age.
With advancement in technology, today almost everything is possible. Maximum of the things have been automated and with AI being developed so rigorously, in the future we wouldn’t need Humans to do our work. Everything would be automated.
Cars have become self-aware (Google Self Drive Car), anything you want can be printed in 3D with help of 3D Printers, any color you like can be scanned and picked up to draw or write. Nothing seems impossible in today’s world.
Despite using science and technology to better our lives, we are the real slaves to technology. We indulge in the need to always have something electronic in our hands – a tool that connects us to the Internet, our games or to our social networks. We’re bypassing the real world to get a digital quick-fix; our work, play and plans for stress release seem to depend on a broadband connection.
Now, fast forward this situation to a decade from now. You see adults sitting around a table in a Wi-Fi-enabled café. Chances are they are not going to be talking to each other, not in the real world at least. At home, fights and arguments will occur a lot more often between spouses due to a lack of communication, and it’s not going to get any better when this generation has kids of their own.
This is the whole point of technology. It creates an appetite for immortality on the one hand. It threatens universal extinction on the other. Technology is lust removed from nature. The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers. Still, we feel that, end of the day human touch or interaction is very important. Future may have 100 different robots for 100 different things but the feeling of a human next to you can never be replaced.
Come to think of it, all of this is already happening right now.
Technology has slowly eased its way into our lives and formed glass walls between individuals who can communicate with each other but instead chose not to.
So, in the end we just hope that computer/robots/gadgets replace humans only for work and gives us more time to be with each other.