Today I just wanted to take a playful look at where all this progressive technology is taking us. By technology I mean that mass of writhing, twisting wires, circuits, processors, and new devices that seem hell-bent on reproducing in greater and smarter numbers everyday. Where's it all going?
OK, sorry to dissapoint, I can't read the future. But I can see what I can see. I can imagine what I can imagine, and if the past fictional writings are any indication of humankind's ability to fulfill them, then maybe what I have to say is prophetic. So, here goes.
My computer ate my brain. Yes, I know, it sounds stupid, but it's true. Yesterday I was a client's house, and they asked me to "write down the steps" of what I was doing for them, so they could recreate those steps later. The man handed me a pen (I've heard of those), and a slip of paper. Haltingly I pressed ink to wood-pulp, some deep part of me remembering this experience, was it 10 years ago? No, 15? Hmm, I can do this I thought.
So I managed to scratch out a few paltry lines and handed it to my client, who then made a royal show of attempting to read my version of "letters." This got me to thinking. I don't know how to write anymore. No, not really.
Sure, I can use a computer keyboard, like at this very moment, but what about real, honest-to-goodness paper and pen to record my thoughts? This ability is leaving me. I wonder too, are kids being taught how to write anymore, or just to type? Surely the art of cursive writing will go the way of the dodo very soon, but how soon?
The problem, ladies and gentlemen, is that our computers are eating our brains. The very machines that supposed to make our lives easier are, in fact, feasting on our own gray matter in their voracious appetite to get smarter, do more, and grow. It's almost as if there is a god in the machines.
Now, I'm not suggesting Terminator style judgment day scenarios, but who knows, really? I recently watched a short presentation done by Sony in which they stated by 2012 we would have a computer that rivaled the computational power of the human brain, and by 2049 a computer with computational power equal to all the brains in the planet.
The time to start thinking about these eventualities, and they ARE eventualities, is now. Not when Nurse Robot comes to give you your pills and you suddenly realize your main interaction with life is via computers and machines designed to "make life easier."
So come on people, let's not delegate our humanity to silicon. Let me know how you feel about this blog entry. Write me an email, er, a real note, if you still remember how to do that.