Hi all, I had some thoughts this afternoon about where this love affair with technology is really headed...and it's not for the faint of heart. I wanted to talk about where all this power is really headed.
What do I mean by that?
If you take a global look at how the world is changing, you'll discover that technology is aggregating power into smaller and smaller packages - and hence fewer and fewer hands. For instance, what used to take an army of accountants several days to do, say, 25 years ago, can now be accomplished in an afternoon by one competent accountant and a computer.
This is great news for us proletariat. It means we can reach for things undreamed of, or unattainable, to the average person years ago. Little things like being able to prepare and publish a professional looking report or document with just a laptop and printer.
Yet step back further. One of the huge ramifications of all this technology is the centralization of information. In other words, what you used to have to look "high and low for" all over the earth - in books, periodicals, magazines, expert opinions, etc - you can now find instantly via Google or Amazon.
Step back even further, and you find not only the centralization of information, but the centralization of power itself. Those at the top have increasing access to larger and larger chunks of society - even with just the technology we know of (let alone the amazing wonders found in government labs). As early as the 1950s the US had the capability of listening in on every phone conversation and monitoring them.
And then there's the RFID chip. This relative newcomer promises to revolutionize identification techniques, and give families peace of mind for keeping track of their pets, and family members - great, right?
The one thing we know of authority is, once established, the tendency is for its powers to grow. And we've seen this over and over again not only in our own country especially in the last decade, but also throughout history.
I'm simply saying, the hens are watching the henhouse, folks. The beast is at the door in the form of a friendly face offering safety and security - yet look past the apparently altruistic motivations and follow the money, and the power.
This love affair with technology is definitely headed somewhere - and "safer and more productive" are the slick glossy ads selling it to us as we lap it up eagerly...a word to the wise...think about what's going on here and in the world.
Have I said enough? Or too much.