The limit of technology

Being the master rather than a slave to technology.

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Be the master of your technology, avoid dependency.

I am clumsy this morning, perhaps due to my tiredness, I somehow without a click of a mouse whilst editing a blog post hit the “publish” button.  I watched in horror as a rubbish half-finished blog post became published, sending itself to over 1000 e-mail accounts.  I deleted the post in question, and this post replaces it.

Technology moves so fast, now designed to predict your next moves, and is getting complex.  It is easy to make an error doing a bank transaction for instance, due to a glitch on your computer, a distraction or an internet loss of connection, sending the wrong amount of money to the wrong person, and the chance you will never get that money back.

The failure of an Amazon data centre server recently meant some major websites went offline.  Occasionally the financial markets have to suspend trading because their computer systems fail. The recent spying revelations leaves the individual wondering if their own cell phone is their friend or an agent working for the State.  Everyone is so reliant upon information technology that a failure or an error can have devastating consequences.

In my opinion the self should be the master of their technology, rather than the slave.  Technology are great tools that should work for us rather than against us.  Simplicity is good, so if you have no need for a tool then dump it.  Use only the tools that help you do a process better, and dump any tool that hinders you.  I have no need for apps or smart phones, my unbreakable JCB cell phone with no internet connection is all I need.  I avoid Facebook, but I think Twitter is useful to my business. I avoid cloud computing preferring to keep my personal and business information under my roof.  For journals it is pen-and-paper.

I am always innovating, seeing if I can do a process better with technology, for instance one of my laptops will convert to an open source Ubuntu operating system rather than Windows.  I shall soon require an iPad so I can show customers my creative designs.

In summary, be the master of your technology and avoid dependency upon it.

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8 responses to “The limit of technology

  1. I was in the process of writing about something similar yesterday. Coworker got to the office and his computer wouldn’t boot due to a problem with the power supply. I thought he was going to have a nervous breakdown! I offered to let him share my computer throughout the day, and that calmed him somewhat.

    The strangest thing was that my solution was one that completely stunned him. I don’t think that he would have come up with the idea on his own simply because he just thought that I would not be able to part with my machine for periods of time throughout the day, as if I determine my value by the number of keystrokes that I produce.

    • You show wisdom in using your tools to the best advantage of you and your team. You certainly seem the master of your computer since others would be possessive of their computer in their slavish mentality to technology.

  2. This is the scariest and most disturbing part about the extremely fast advancement of technological devices (i.e., cellphones, computers, wifi, GPS, etc.). I read about a court case that ruled a cellphone is a necessity to survival in current Society (in the US). Free cellphones are given to homeless people because it is tantamount to making any attempt to lift one’s self out of homeless (for job interviews, for callbacks, contact with family, etc.). Surely, technology can be a wonderful aspect of global culture (such as removing boundaries between cultures, is a great learning tool, advances in medicine and medical technique, advances in understanding the brain, helping paraplegics and quadreplegics to walk, etc.); however, it has also made many people dependent upon those technological devices. For instance, some people cannot go without checking their cellphones every 5 minutes, or are lost without GPS (as people are losing the ability to read maps) and the loss of memory storage (as Google is for that purpose), or cannot remember appointments and need their phone as an alarm to wake them in the morning. I read a study about high school kids who, without the use of texting on their cellphones, could not find where to meet up with one another (as they usually texted this information to one another). Children are learning to using the computer at younger and younger ages (last study I read, it was 2 year olds can use a computer). Video games (and their high definition, personalized, AI influences) are substituted for actually going outside and moving around. Children are losing the ability of body coordination, but their hand-eye coordination is incredible.

    Technology was supposed to be a tool, not a replacement.

    • Your statement; “Technology was supposed to be a tool, not a replacement.” sums up how I feel about the relationship between people and technology. I am concerned about the slavery and laziness that technology brings.

  3. I can relate to this post Alex and for me my journals are pen and paper, and no FB for me either… Technology we have all got hooked into for its our modern way of communicating.. I do wish though that we still had more communication the old fashioned way… Nothing better than receiving a hand written letter from a friend… I often send my elderly aunt a little note-let even though her eyesight it failing, I write large so she can read, Its a’Window’ to stop loneliness….
    Sue

    • A power cut can wipe out any advantages of technology, and so pen and paper where it can be used is a useful alternative. Also, there is less likelihood someone will steal the information if it is on paper rather than screen. Many elderly people have been unable to cope with computers, so paper and pen is still useful to communicate with them.

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