It’s no secret that our world is becoming increasingly digitalized, and that many sci-fi movies are becoming a little less fiction and a little more science. I stumbled upon an article from Tech Times talking about how you can buy your own human piloted robot “Kuratas” off of Amazon Japan for a measly $1.35 million USD.
That’s right! Your very own personal Megazord! It’s even got it’s own theme song: “Stand baaaaaaaack and let it come your way!” Oh the nostalgia…
Seeing as I unfortunately do not have $1.3 million lying around to spend on childhood dreams, I decided to follow Sheryl Crows advise and soak up the sun; appreciate what awesome digital technology I already have.
To help fully understand how much I already own and/or have access to I decided to conduct an experiment. On Monday, September 25, 2017 I logged all my interactions with digital technology for the entire day. Below is my full log, and some of my findings.
By the end of the day I was a little surprised. I don’t really consider myself a “techy” person, but for a pretty normal day I used a lot of tech, and none of it was a one off occasion. (Yes, I use the McDonalds self serve Kiosk more then I’d like to admit.)
My initial hypothesis was that 90% of the technology I used would some how be related to my iPhone.
But in reality my phone and it’s apps only made up for about 25%, (possibly 30% if you count texting)of the interactions.
Most surprisingly of all, I found the maximum amount of time I went between interacting with digital technology was 40* minutes! That’s not even considering my “throughout the day activities” (I’m a bad scientist, I know; I just didn’t feel like documenting every time a public toilet flushed itself for me).
At the end of the day, the experiment was quite enlightening. So what if I’ll likely never be able to order my own Megazord off of Amazon Japan, I can order Sushi off an iPad!
*The 40 minutes without digital technology comes from 7:50–8:30am and 10:20–11am, both time periods were spent getting ready. There may seem like there are larger gaps, but I was still using the technology. For example the gap from 8:50–10 I was listening to my Spotify app, from 12:50–2:45 I was on the computer, and from 6:45–8:15 I was continuously ordering rounds of Sushi off the iPad.