Are we too dependant on our tech? Sure we are! How many of your friends telephone numbers do you remember? One? None?
I used to have dozens of numbers memorized – now I can barely remember my own! Why? My machines remember for me. My PDA, my cell phone, my Widgets, my email system. I don’t have to remember JACK (except for how to use all these ***damn machines!)
What I really want is a connection to my machines that is discreet – only I can hear it, and I access it just by thinking about it:
ME: *thinking*: “Machine, what is my friend’s Bruce’s cell phone number?”
Computer: (in my “ear/brain only): “My Eminence, (sorry – that’s the way I would program her though 🙂 ). Anyway, “My Eminence, I do have Bruce’s cell phone number, but wouldn’t it save us both time if I just dialed it for you instead of reciting it to you – and THEN dialing it for you?”
ME: “Thank you – I just want to know the number, that’s all. I don’t need to call him just now.”
Computer: “Sir, I can gladly give you the cell phone number, but it is 2:14 PM, CST on a Tuesday. It is most likely that Bruce is in his office, so your best chance of reaching him is with his office number. Shall I dial that for you now, or would you just like me to recite that number to you?”
Would I let my tech be that invasive? I almost have already. My tech has taken over some of the functions of my brain. My tech remembers phone numbers so I don’t have to. I’ve already given in to MyTech. Now we’re just discussing the degree of “disconnected-ness” we are willing to negotiate with our machines. I trust My Tech to remember the names and numbers of the people that mean the most to me in life. I have no clue what my son or daughter’s cell phone numbers are. I don’t know my dad’s number. I do know how to find them in My Tech though.
So I’ve already sold out to the machine. What’s a little voice in your ear going to hurt?
That night, you’re helping your 12-year old son with his math homework when you realize–in horror–that while he’s quite good with the calculator, he couldn’t multiply two three-digit numbers using only paper and pencil if his Wii depended on it.
Source: Creating Passionate Users