When cars drive themselves?
When we talk to Siri more than real people?
When Watson wins Jeopardy or becomes your new doctor?
When computers become self-aware?
Can it go too far?
I remember in seventh grade we wrote down what we thought would be happening in the year 2000. I haven’t seen the flying cars yet, but many of the other things on that naive grade school list are happening now, albeit more than a decade behind schedule. We should have known…George Jetson worked by himself with just robots. I am guessing his former co-workers were replaced with machines (I do envy one hour a day – 2 days a week work schedule though).
I am a huge fan of technology. I may not say that in 20 years when all the younger people are more adept than I, but for now, a fan. It has made all of our lives easier, maybe better, in some way. It has changed everything.
It never crossed my mind as being scary, frightening or threatening . And I am not sure it is now, at least not yet. While watching 60 Minutes last night, I realized it becomes more frightening when it starts to affect people and their livelihood. Technology is becoming a staggering part of the American workforce. I know you are going to say that people need to adapt and find a place to fit in the ‘new’ economy. I get that, but we are in a very trying economic time and it makes me question the benefits. Most facets of the economy are on the rebound – corporate profits, the housing market, stock market, etc. The one that seems to be lagging behind is employment of actual people.
The introvert in me is a bit excited at less interaction but the extrovert in me dies a little inside. I am not sure what will happen next. I guess that is up to Apple and Google. I just hope that like old fashion trends, people come back in style too.
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