Thursday, April 5, 2007

Where are we heading?

My husband asked me if I ever imagined when I was a student that 95% of my work would involve the use of computer. I didn't. Where are these fast technology developments taking us? Here's a video speculating about it. What are the most surprising facts for you? Or did you know? ;-) Thanks for the link, Jennifer.

4 comments:

Igor P said...

From day to day more computers are used in our surrounding. We use them at every stage of our work, private life, even in our free time. They are becoming indispensable help to survive in our extreme sports, help in medical assistance, they are necessary in controlling critical elements of energy production.... I can not imagine development and science without computers. More and more computers are taking control over critical stages of our life.

This makes me wonder where we are heading.

Is this really meant to be so ….. Is this really our destiny!

At a certain moment the evolution will have to stop or reach the critical point of development where people will have to choose:
manage their life or be managed.
I mean, choose between having control over our life or not. The evolution is speeding nearly at a speed being quadrate function of knowledge.
How will life look like when I get to 60?

I can not imagine.

At the end I hope population will choose correct decision and maintain control.....

.....and survive!

Igor P

SueAnn said...

I share opinion with Igor P. I can hardly imagine our civilization going on without computers but on the other hand I already feel losing control of my life... If I had to decide, I would rather choose simple natural life than that artificial and cold vegetating or constant haste.

Dennis said...

Hello, Saša--and everyone.

I agree with both Igor and Sueann.

In general, my thoughts are pretty much the same as these thoughts of Sueann's: "If I had to decide, I would rather choose simple natural life than that artificial and cold vegetating or constant haste."

However, I also feel pretty much the same as Igor did when he said, "I cannot imagine development and science without computers. More and more computers are taking control over critical stages of our life. This makes me wonder where we are heading. . . How will life look like when I get to 60? I cannot imagine."

I'm past 60 and I can only say this: as we move through time, we either adapt to change and incorporate it into what seems "normal" or "natural," we reject change altogether, or we adopt a response that is somewhere between these two extremes.

I remember my grandmothers (they died 25-30 years ago) and the changes they experienced during their lifetimes--widespread use of electricity, the development of air travel and radio and TV broadcasting, the beginnings of "global society," and much more. Neither of my grandmothers was a futurist, but they also didn't reject change. Even so, changes that probably required them to change their attitudes were completely "natural" and "normal" for me.

I also remember when the Internet first became available on a popular level and how rapidly online technology has changed. I can't imagine not being able to access the Web, but at the same time, I'm well aware that what was once pure fun for me (checking e-mail, for example) is now more a chore than something I enjoy: I spend more time deleting messages than I do reading them!

Ah, progress!

Dennis in Phoenix

DamijanLikar said...

Hi everyone.

Well I like new technology. I believe most people like it. I think we all strive to progress...and I think it is OK to do so.

People are adapting quickly, I hope we and our kids will be able to adapt and manage to keep living with changes coming in the future.

And about choosing simple natural life...I would choose it too, but are we really able to actually survive in nature? Maybe we still are, but what about future generations? I don't know. But the way we treat nature we won't have a choice... Actually we are too late already...

The best way would be something between high technology and beautiful nature...But it sounds like heaven on earth.

Damijan