Is anything really private anymore? I mean think about it. We put everything about ourselves on every source of social media we can find. We post the most intimate details of our lives to Facebook with the feeling that we just need to be heard. Phones are being used much more frequently at meals now. It was bad enough when they introduced televisions into restaurants, but now with cellphones face-to-face time is depleted even more. We are on our phones 24/7. Why? In fear that we will actually have to spend half a second with ourselves? Avraham Edelstein says it best in his article from The Huffington Post, “We will dissolve the private into the public so that we never have to be ourselves again.” These days anyone that know anything about anybody has easy access to that information. Will we continue to head down this road or will we realize that privacy is actually pretty important to our individualism? Or will it be too late?
Technology is such an incredible thing. Just ten years ago everybody had one of those sad little flip phones that most likely didn’t have a camera, and if it did it never came out very clear. The only games playable on them were the ones that came already downloaded on the phone, and texting in that abc format was just exhausting. Now every person on the street has a smart phone. Not only that, they most likely have a personal computer and/or a tablet. It is going to be very interesting to witness where the internet will go next. What will happen of the next ten years? Twenty years? Or Thirty years? The rate at which the digital age is moving is incredible, however, it is also a little frightening. It is amazing what has already been discovered, but what will be next. A car that detect whether you have alcohol on your breath? A candle that puts itself out when it has been burning for a certain amount of time? A refrigerator that can make phone calls? A car that will drive you to your destination? I guess we will see.
Lately, I have heard a lot of talk about where the internet and the digital age are heading. I have heard about things ranging from an egg carton with the ability to tell you when eggs have gone bad to the idea that in 30 years it will be difficult to distinguish a human from a robot. Being informed by an egg carton on when your eggs are no longer good would not only add a certain level of ease to cooking, but also save someone from a pretty bad stomach ache. On the other hand, though, the direction in which the digital age is heading calls for some concern. Robots have always been a far out there fantasy. To have a machine that would clean your room, fold your clothes, or do your homework is a wonderful idea. However, what happens when the robot decides that instead of it being at your beck and call, you should be at its. As the movies have showed, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows where robots are concerned. Now, is it a little presumptuous to assume that just because it was shown in a movie, it will happen? Maybe, however, The Space Odyssey, premiered in 2001 showing the first hand held tablet, and now, thirteen years later, it would be rare to come across someone without a hand held tablet of their own.