Tuesday, September 4, 2012

"Progress"

Dang. The first thing that struck me when I read Jake's article is that he is an extremely brave man. Taking this 90 day challenge was a huge risk, considering he was putting his personal relationships with people on the line. His job would have most definitely been compromised as well through his lack of communication. If I did not rely so heavily on media for daily communication, I would like to give this a try. However, I'm pretty sure it's frowned upon to ignore people. Our world is just so deeply rooted in electronics. While it is nice to think that everyone could just drop all electronics and focus on face to face communication, this is just not a reality in today's society. Whether you choose to call the drastic changes our world has encountered in the last 50 years progress or not, one thing is for absolute certain, our world is never going back to the way it used to be. In fact, it is predicted that by 2050, computers will be capable to surpass the human mind in processing speed. With technology advancing this rapidly, how will we ever know when to stop? Will we stop with the first robot that is smarter than a human? Once we achieve this power, will it be too late to stop at all?

1 comment:

  1. I think you have a good perspective, Olivia. In terms of education and occupation, becoming "unplugged" is not realistic in an era that relies so heavily on technology. We forget that technology can be a useful tool if it is used correctly.

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