Technology was (always) better before

May 06, 2078, it is already 9am when I wake up! It’s been ages since I woke up so late.

Yet, I made it clear to my virtual assistant that I wanted to wake up at 6am today. This shrew, as always, has a good argument: it seems that my vital signs, captured by almost everything in this house … and in this city, predicted that I needed rest. And no matter if I wanted to wake up earlier, technology “took the lead” to let me sleep for my wellbeing, and sent my hologram to replace me. Besides, my doctor just called me when I woke up to tell me that I was in danger of getting sick.

Those damn technologies!

At one time, I was considered a fan of technology, a “geek” that was said … I know, it’s so has-been but at the time we were at the top. Any idiot with glasses wanted to be a geek. But that was before. It was better before.

At the time, we still controlled the technology completely. If an application says “ Hello world “, it means a human, his master, has programmed it to say it. At the time, we were just starting to try artificial intelligence and all that; but the human still remained master of the machine … well, I think.

Today, you are so stupefied by these holograms pet, by your parallel worlds in augmented reality that you no longer know the difference between your true friends and their avatars when you meet them.

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An old hologram pet dating from 2018

My son interrupts me : Dad, it’s been years since we no longer need to get our bodies out of the house to meet, we meet using VR (Virtual Reality). Must follow a little!
Me : You, the young people and your VR! One day you will lose your head with all your smart schmilblick.
My son : Dad, these are Oculus.
Me : 😖
My connected blood pressure sensor : 📈

Short. I know, we are not yet in 2078. But yet, it is already the 2078 for someone and we are often not tolerant enough with these people. We are or will be all the “elderly” of a time, just like we were all the millenials for an other generation. Besides, the world continues to evolve and we are all trying to follow, each his own pace. But the next time your parents asks you for help to like your latest tweet on Snapchat, arm yourself with patience and just say it’s like you when you’re trying to knit … Have you ever knitted? They, at least, they try

Lazily translated using Google Translator. Original version in french on 👇

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