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Einstein come true

December 19, 2012 Leave a comment

Albert Einstein.  Undisputed visionary.

“I fear the day when the technology overlaps with our humanity. The world will only have a generation of idiots.”

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Living breathing technology

September 26, 2010 Leave a comment

I was watching yet another fascinating lecture from the TED lecture series about technology and devices that seek to enrich our lives by being more interactive and ‘hands on’ so to speak.  This lecture expounded new technology that integrates more touch sensation into the devices we use, such as phones.
One of the aspects that was explored was to give phones a pulse, more or less.  To make them more like living things that actually have a heartbeat and a breathing rate.  Thus the user can feel, without looking, the needs of the phone. Or rather, the phone can communicate how it is doing to the user via touch sensation.

Does any one remember the Tamagotchi craze that swept through years ago, whereby people owned electronic pets?  Wouldn’t the phones with pulses be something akin to this creation, only more involved?

Yes this is cool technology, and probably has some really useful applications.  But do we need a technology that further commands our attention?  Isn’t the constant interruption of communication with real and animate people enough?  Do I really need a phone that further requires my attention and assistance?  Isn’t that the opposite of how that relationship is supposed to work?  Don’t I have a phone to help me, rather than me being there to help my phone?

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