New Year Reflections

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Posted under: Digital Natives From the Blog 4th of January, 2015

The beginning of a new year heralds resolution and reflection, and the start of 2015 calls for some self-indulgent thoughts about the progress of modern technology.

 

I see the world of technology through the limited 18-year-old-lens I possess. I will never fondly recall coming home from school to listen to the radio. I grew up watching the birth of the iPod, while my parents saw the invention of the television. I watched the Melbourne Cup broadcasted live through a projector into my classroom, and my father saw Apollo 11 land on the moon in an assembly hall on a grainy television screen.

Perspective stems from who you are, and while I can’t be an IT executive with 30 years experience, I can certainly be a young adult who grew up during our technological boom.

Try to classify the direction of advancement in one word. What do we humans strive for when we attempt new endeavours, craft new inventions?

Is it curiosity; endlessly searching for new things and developing bigger and better ways to find even more?

Maybe health; the unreachable goal for immortality as we cure each disease and fix every aberration.

Perhaps security; defending our borders from the aliens on our own planet.

These pursuits are all pursued at your high-end levels of technology, the sorts of things used by scientists and doctors that have to be simplified for us layman folk. While I may get the gist of what solar-powered arrays are meant to do, I will never understand them like the people who dedicate their lives to it.

So if these noble directions are entrusted to those determined to strive for them, what is left for us? The ones who don’t understand the technology, but are given the ability to use it?

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I think, in the end, we look for automation. Things that make our lives easier.

As Christmas presents, I bought my mother a smoothie maker that had a container which could be taken on-the-go, and was easier to clean. For my dad, a handheld scale that could weigh luggage up to 32 kilograms as you held it up.

Things that made their lives that little bit easier in terms of time, manual labour, and stress.

I’m not the first to point at Wall-E’s potential future of sedentary humans surrounded by screens, and I definitely won’t be the last.

In so many ways we conserve time and energy with the things being created for our benefit. Just look at Google’s driverless cars, the increasing amount of online shoppers, checking into the airport via smartphone.

On the other hand, we also take some of the fascination and wonder out of activities that 50 years ago would be unfathomable for your average first-world resident. The fact that travelling on a plane has become mundane, judging by the number of blogs by people complaining about air travel, says something about us. More specifically, how our expectations always climb in relation to what we’re exposed to.

We will never be satisfied.

 

To sum up my feelings on technology for 2014, I am on both hands impressed and concerned.

To sum up my feelings for 2015?

Bring on the wide array of devices. From an iPhone that can fit even more apps on its increasingly wide screen, to a computer that runs that little bit faster.

I know each will undoubtedly improve the minutiae of my life.

Hello 2015..

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