Saturday, 23 March 2013
I don't understand why there are people afraid of using technology. In general my social circle is inside of tech and being so it's pretty much what I'm expect from people. Using smartphones, using internet and more or less using what's available around. And yet when I meet people outside of it it's so strange when they have no idea how beneficial technology is.
I just had a very deep conversation lately about smartphones. I'm using it all the time and one of my common question is from other folks is how they are using it. And sometimes the answer is - they don't need it. The reason most times is that it's not that useful, or just not interesting enough. It doesn't differ that much from a PC and why would they use services like Twitter or Foursquare.
I'm quite liberal in the sense that I try to really understand what others are saying. Truth is somewhere between facts and habits, so nobody should be too stubborn to accept others' customs. Nonetheless technology is a bit different from being a simple habit or hype.
Technology is a singularity and clearly the main accelerator of innovation and universal evolution. Not because technology is the root of everything. It's clearly a tool that helps anything else. In all fields of science the only key of growth is collecting information, getting results and coming up with structural patterns. Basically the only blocker at all time is the unknown factor. Because information needs processing and that costs time we either wait or accelerate it. But as a matter of fact complexity grows exponentially everywhere. Biology, mathematics, chemistry, economy, politics, etc. If you see development from the past, hundreds of thousands of years before now - every tool had to be evolved in order to keep up with effectiveness.
But that't the big picture. You probably don't need the fastest crypto algorithm in your everyday life. Oh well, maybe you need, in fact. Technology affects on the small parts as well. To just emphasize one benefit - it makes everything more accessible. Wikipedia anytime, communication anytime, maps anytime, games anytime, you name it. Some doesn't use Twitter or Instagram, so what. I started and quit already hundreds of services, it wasn't for me. But I use 10 - 20 services on a daily basis. And because I am able to do so, it changed my lifestyle too. It's like a fat guy with a bucket of Smarties. It's so close you don't even realize you eat it all the time.
I don't really use my phone for calling. It's mostly apps and internet. It's kinda strange to look back, when I was at the uni I didn't have internet at home. I had to go to the campus with my 10 floppies and download the RedHat packages and then came back the next day for the dependencies - and the following day for the other dependencies.
And yet smartphone is just a temporary medium to provide technology having it in the current best accessible form. When Google glass will be public then we're almost at a comfortable level with smooth everyday usage. But till then people need to be familiar with technology. My belief is that social is one tier that will be aimed by technology - even if not 100% but a huge part.
Imagine how many things will disappear when technology will be so advanced that most people will use it. Street signs will be replaced by apps. Healthcare will be replaced by implanted life-care devices. Human drivers replaced by automated cars. Huge garderobes will be replaced by smart weather-adjusted clothes. Books will disappear. TV will disappear. I could continue whole night.
So why would anybody say no to technology?