Obviously the future is technology. It’s unarguable that mankind’s predilection and talent for imagining knew technological advancements and inventions is what sets us apart from the animals and is gonna potentially turn the earth into just the birthplace of our eons-long civilisation.
Technology has precipitated medical progress that saves more and more lives each year. It gave birth to the vehicle, turning week long missions into easy commutes. It saw the arrival of the internet, connecting billions of people to each other and the whole wealth of human knowledge in its entirety (which makes it even more inexplicable that most people use it exclusively for watching funny cat videos).
The whole process of workflow management has been made automatable, streamlining businesses in a way never previously possible. The advent of webcams has made hundreds of thousands of processes infinitely easier and cheaper; interviews can now be conducted without expense, classes can be taken online with no travel necessary, professional hypnotherapy sessions can now even be conducted via webcam. It would be impossible to list all the ways in which technology connects us.
There’s also a point to be made however, for technology being responsible for some of the fundamental downfalls and flaws of contemporary society, especially in the developed world. Sadly, and inadvertently, technology in some massive and demonstrable ways separates us. Mobile phones are often counterproductive; texts have replaced not only telephone conversations, but in many cases actual real life in-the-flesh conversations altogether, especially between the people it’s most important to connect with.
It’s probably not a bad thing that everyone, via texting, reads and writes all day. But at the cost of human to human interaction, it’s too high a price. Social networks have transformed the average person’s handful of close friends into hundreds of impersonal acquaintances. People used to find common ground with the people in their lives, making them grow and learn in ways they hadn’t imagined. And with the option now of being able to eschew these relationships in favour of online friends from the opposite hemisphere with identical interests, social networks have made us lonelier than we have ever been.
The solution is not to boycott technology, that’d be cutting off our iNoses to spite our Facebooks. But a conscious and concerted effort must be made to focus our gadgets and gizmos on truly connecting us to eachother in a more real way. And a shift in our attitudes towards life wouldn’t go amiss either.
I implore you not to tweet every mundane triviality of your life, it’s simply arrogant to assume it’s of much importance to anybody. You’re missing life as you watch it through a 3 inch screen. Put away the phone every once in a while, don’t miss your kid blowing out the candles on their birthday cake as you try to figure out what filter makes it look cutest. To borrow a phrase from a wise man- “The resolution on the kid is unbelievable if you’d just look.”