Thursday, July 1, 2010

Artificial Intelligence

While Warren is suffering from technological poverty, I am facing an entirely different technological plight: I’m becoming a cyborg (cyber organism). Nearly everything I do necessitates some sort of technological machine, and as a result, I’m beginning to function like one.

This morning, as I was hastily gathering my things to head downstairs for breakfast, I accidentally knocked over a glass of water. Instead of quickly reaching to pick it up, and thus limiting the spillage, I thought ‘Command Z’ (‘Control Z’ for those of you still stuck in the world of PCs, or ‘Edit > Undo’ for you true dinosaurs).

I’ve long been warned that if I always rely on spell check, I won’t know how to spell, but I now rely on technology on a whole new level.

My phone is my camera, my stock ticker, my weather forecaster, my music player, my gaming console, and my means of communication with my friends and family.

When I hear the word ‘directions’, the first thing that pops into my head is not a road map, its Sheila—what I like to call the lady on my TomTom who I programmed to have an Australian accent.

In a world where typing is replacing talking, treadmills are replacing sidewalks, and eHarmony is replacing dating, this extreme reliance on technology is hard to avoid.

As I sat in my kitchen this morning, booting-up and waiting for my phone to make me coffee, I reflected on this new phenomenon. Being a cyborg means dependence and impersonal interactions, but is it all bad? The life of a machine presents intriguing possibilities. If you had the ability to erase your hard drive and start fresh, would you?

Advice from Ariel
When all else fails, read the directions.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want the app that makes coffee!

July 1, 2010 at 3:57 PM  
Anonymous Karen Morgan said...

This is very insightful! I love these posts, keep 'em coming--

July 8, 2010 at 4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't even begin to tell you how many times I have thought "Command Z" in a non-computer situation!

July 10, 2010 at 10:28 PM  

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