The fear of previous generations was technology eroding away our humanity. They grew up with Borg on TV, Hal9000 making very calm threats and Google Ad-Words tracking their every step. Don’t even start on those Terminator films. Black Mirror told them their lives were becoming less social, tech was manipulating their minds and ruining the very core of their essence. Pop culture made an enemy out of technology and enemies sell well.
I pity those generations of days gone by for they were not allowed to see the humanity of technology. Tech was and is gorgeous, complex, chaotic, lovely, friendly, temperamental. It breaks and ages and learns and grows and does not quite understand what comes after it, but makes a good effort to be compatible. Tech, one might say, is created in our image. Tech is human.
Humanity had nothing to be afraid of as it began to use more and more technology in every day life. We took our tech to the forests and recorded rare creatures. We took our tech underwater and discovered new species. We took our tech to space and created homes. Tech helped us understand each other better, read emotions better, communicate faster and deeper and wider. Technology enhanced our humanity.
Of course, it did change the actual shape of humanity. Don’t get me wrong, I love my current chassis and no one in 1912 thought they would have tires for feet, and worry about radiator fluid on the lungs, but there are times I wonder what shoes feel like.
That’s the end of my letter. The guys and I are in full ‘camper’ mode this weekend and heading up the hill to watch birds. My phone will be off, but holo-text me if needed.
Peace out, home slice.
Sorry about the vocal message. Trying to keep with the old school feel of the weekend.