Technology; Friend or Foe

“Technology is a useful servant but a dangerous master.” – Christian Lous Lange

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Is it just me?  Am I just old school?  Is technology infallible?  I am sorry but the way we have become so dependent on technology makes me nervous.  We store everything on hard drives but have no real hard copies of anything.  That works great until something happens.

Maybe I just don’t understand technology well enough but if the power grid were to go down for some reason what would we do?  Computers run the power grid and computers run off the power grid.  What would happen if someone attacked our power grid and took it out?  I mean computer glitches grounded some airlines for a while disrupting the travel of thousands of people.  What if it would have been the power grid that went down for five or six hours.

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I can see you shaking your head at me.  Another old fart who just doesn’t get it.  There are safeguards built into our system to protect us from that thing.  Really?  Well listen up.  They said the Titanic was unsinkable too.

Please remember I learned to count on an abacus.   Actually did, and still do, math problems in my head.  We didn’t have those fancy little calculators.

“Technology can be our best friend, and technology can also be the biggest party pooper of our lives.  It interrupts our own story, interrupts our ability to have a thought or daydream, to imagine something wonderful, because we’re too busy bridging the walk from the cafeteria back to the office on the cell phone.” – Steven Spielberg

Technology is so easy to become dependent on.  I use to know everyone’s phone number and had them memorized.  Not anymore.  They are all in this little ole phone now where you push a button and abracadabra, phone number has arrived.  One can live in St. Louis, MO and be vacationing in Mexico and see in your living room and check to make sure everything is ok.  However, if you are flying you still end up in Dallas, Texas and your luggage ends up in Chicago, Illinois.  We have driverless cars but they still need to work all the bugs out of that idea.  Yet at a fast food restaurant when you order a hamburger you never get one that looks like the one in the picture on the wall.

All we can do is hope that nothing causes our system to go down for a long time.  Hope you enjoyed my post and thank you for taking the time to read it.  Spread the love.

3 thoughts on “Technology; Friend or Foe

  1. I see ur point and think the secret is in the balance.We should enjoy technology for as much as it makes our life easier and better,and it does,but we must not forget it is not our life.
    Few months back we had a big power cut.No electricity for an entere evening and night….at first I panicked but then we made it anyway.Candles,music( from our phones and that involved bit of technology to be honest) and books instead of tv.
    Surprisingly the ones who had the best night were the girls:tuna sandwich in front of the fireplace and a book read with a torch under the cover 😀

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  2. Awesome. Every new technology makes us question how we ever got along without that “newest and best” versions of it all. Computer updates every couple hours on its own. If our electronics get viruses or run too slowly we correct and eliminate the virus and increase RAM to accommodate more. It’s becoming harder to live without portable phones and computers linked to the web. I share the concern that we lean too much and fall when it fails. Not if but when. Not keeping me up nights but it concerns me too. Nice piece!

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