Technology vs Evolution
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Have we reached a point at which the rate of increase in technology is far greater than the rate at which it can be adopted? Or has this always been the case, and with it that the general masses are a consistently proportional amount behind the current technological borders?
Indeed, does it matter? I think we need to spend as much time developing new toys, as we do working out just how to play with them. Without an understanding of the implementations, the implications and the inefficiences of widely-available "research", they become useless. Or worse, they are imposed upon a people unready or unwilling, and the technology can have a detrimental effect on society.
The industrial revolution was one such stage. Its bastard offspring, the introduction of production lines was another. Now we face a shift in the meaning and plays of power involved with information. We need to ensure that this is not yet another golden egg to tip the scales in the favour of those who need it least. I fear that the gleefulness and the almost childlike blinkeredness of the scientific industry (and in fact, especially so since its corporatisation) will result in a messy world, rather than a better one.
Therefore, we must play a part in bending technology to the needs of everybody. And in teaching everyone about the technology.
This is a huge field, and I'm not sure I'll have time or space to fill it all in here. I will try, though. ;)
In this section
- Interfaces - how do you talk to technology?
- All things Spam
- On Television
- The Real Semantic Web
- Computers Are Crap
- Society Is ATechnology Thing
- Security Vs Security - my own personal dilemma between on-line security and real-world liberalism
- Going Out Line - on voluntarily locking down your net accessibility
- Automated Creativity - can we evolve genius to rival our own?
- Truth And Opinion In The Modern Media - how tech is forging the media landscape, and the consumer's perception of news
- The Fundamentals Of Human Design - why the furore around cloning is only the tip of the iceberg
- Proles And Technology - bringing technology down a level
- The Employability Deficit - effects of outsourcing and the desire for universal education
- The Digital Divide And Small Worlds
- Social Networks Are Dead
- Social Interfaces - taking the "personal" out of computing, and opening up technology to groups
The Big Picture