Apple just unveiled the new iPhone 4S today. It's faster, has better graphics, a better camera, and a voice activation feature that made one engineer in the Artificial Intelligence field stand up and clap.
Here's the link if you want to check it out: http://bit.ly/plDjyc
So here we are - just a few short years from integrating machine and man to the point where we will be inseparable and I can't help but wonder... "is this a good thing, or not a good thing?"
No matter what, the technology will continue and generations after us will look at us as primitive monkeys with sticks fighting the future, afraid of change - just like we tend to do with those who came before us, so wondering if its right or not is simply a waste of spirit.
What we should be thinking about is what will be lost in the process of acquiring so much technology. What part of ourselves may soon disappear much like a vast percentage of our vocabulary has in the last 100 years. And not just what we say, but whether we say it or not is in jeopardy. As we connect more than ever before humans are standing back from each other socially, and that's, well, disappointing to me. It seems easier to text someone when you're breaking up with them than to do it face to face.
Human face-to-face interaction is still the best way to connect with someone. After all 93% of all communication is non-verbal, and by texting and typing and emailing everybody, we're only getting 7% of the messages intended, and that can lead to a kind of loss you may not have even been aware of feeling.
Next time you see a neighbor on the street, or a friend, or have the opportunity to get out of your house and see someone - do it. The heart can't be warmed by "LOL" and there's nothing that can replace a smile - certainly not ":-)"
Know yourself, don't NO yourself