The idea that in 20 years there will be a computer as powerful as the human brain scare the life out of me. When this happens, what use will there be for our own minds? No human will need to think for themselves anymore, not if their PC can do it all for them. The films ‘Idiocracy’, ‘Terminator’, ‘iRobot’ etc, though quite funny, have serious messages behind them.
“Machines were, it may be said, the weapon employed by the capitalists to quell the revolt of specialized labor.” – Karl Marx.
Lets face it, we’ll never need a sandwich that has a 30-year-old use by date, clothes which change colour according to your mood, multi-purpose mobile phones – the list goes on. We keep trying to make things easier and less strenuous for ourselves, because clearly simple tasks like walking to a shop that is 200 yards away, or using more than one machine to complete a job is oh so difficult. Do you know what self-service machines do? They take the jobs people who need them. There is always the excuse that it is all more ‘cost efficient’, we’re better off like this. Funny how people managed alright 30 years ago, its only cost efficient for the managers who want an even fatter pay check. I understand that technology has its benefits (in medicine for example), but I honestly believe in most cases it really isn’t doing the human race any good.
I guess I am just luddite.