You know the feeling when you can’t be bothered picking up the remote control from the other side of the sofa to play some song, instead now you scream at Google Home to play Nirvana. Yes its convenient to have technology that eases our tasks. Like for example instead of coming downstairs to switch on the kettle for a boil, you can practically go to the toilet to do your business whilst at the same time open your app on your phone and magically switch on the kettle downstairs (ikettle)
To me, the more we rely on using technology in everyday life, the worse we get to use our brains to manually exercise a task. Even the cars that we invented to make our life easier and reduce time consumption, have made us lazy and unhealthy. And to add on top of that, we are unable to walk because our towns and cities have been built around the car and other commuting vehicles. And if that wasn’t bad, we need to rely on GPS devices to navigate us around the cities.
So the invention of the remote control did make life easy and made us lazier, it made us easier to switch channels but at the same time it made us unhealthy, resulting in watching non stop tv with a press of a button, without getting up.
The evolution of assisted technology, in the form of ’Siri’ ‘Google Home’ has taken idleness to another level. Without any physical movement of our fingers or body, all we do is to air our commands through our voices, e.g. Amazon echo ‘Alexa’ can place you amazon order, without the individual physically typing on his phone or computer. In all of this midst of advancing technology, we start to loose the human skills and qualities that have shaped the past. Past qualities such as patience, problem solving, initiative, awareness and the physical movement of our body have waned in the face of easily access technology and its dependency.
As demonstrated throughout the various social systems of the past and present, new inventions may in one aspect ease our workload, but in another aspect they may burden us with its maintenance, upgrade and sole dependence, which may disrupt everyday patterns and routines in the face of malfunction. And the worst nightmare, when reliant on technology, could be the extinction of the human race as result of obesity and the dominance of artificial intelligence. Just the though of the future, sends shivers down your back. The future utopia reminds me off the computer-animated science fiction film, Wall-E (2008), in which the humans are depicted as static, morbidly obese couches, who travel on their hover chairs, glued to their computer screen. Are we, as a human race, destined for doom? Or is there a bright rainbow at the end of the unpredictable storm?