Technology is defined as “the practical application of knowledge.” Well, that’s the definition anyway. Practical? Perhaps. Knowledge? It’s getting harder and harder to tell.
By mid-20th century, technology was all the rage. Exhibits at World Fairs predicted self-cleaning kitchens, furniture sinking into the living room floor when you needed space for a party, and mass-transit systems that would whisk you from one city to the next in minutes.
If even 5 percent of the predictions had proved true, we’d have flying cars, bionic implants, colonies on the Moon, and life spans of 200 years.
Perhaps it’s a good thing that these predictions never came to pass. Imagine arguing with an artificially-intelligent computer. Your smart phone’s operating system has become paranoiac, and you waste hours of time trying to get it to send a text to a friend. “Are you sure he’s really a friend? I don’t trust him!”
Be afraid. Be very afraid. Technology is slowly ebbing into the crevasses of society and filling them with tar of obfuscation.
Google glasses, nanoscience, genetic engineering, global GPS, social networking, powerful computer applications, material science, medical advancements. We are riding a torrential tsunami of technology.