My smartphone is smarter than me

Commentary on the role of technology, virtual reality, social media, and communication in everyday life

Are robots and machines outsmarting the human race? Do greedy algorithms outsmart the human brain?

Is Siri or Alexa smarter than the average human being?

Does Google provide all the answers you seek?

How much of virtual reality is an accurate perception of non-virtual reality?

Who dictates what we consume online?

Is cyberspace a good substitute for real experiences?

Can you live vicariously through photos and forms of social media?

I don’t know the answer to any of these questions, but I do know this: Human interaction is still much more rewarding than technological interactions.

While technology has the ability to unite people, it is not a perfect substitute to real human interaction.

It can serve as a decent mode of communication between those who are not in your immediate proximity, but it disconnects you from those who surround you.

Is this a bad thing?

No. Not necessarily. But it’s important to remember the value of human connection.

We can’t let machines take away too many of our jobs. We can’t become lazier as technology advances: we must evolve alongside technology and learn to value real human-to-human interactions and behaviors.

People matter. A lot. That’s why I study the humanities. Robots do, too, but we must be cautious and wary when we try to improve the technology we use today.

Artificial intelligence is still no match for human intelligence, but we could be proven wrong someday.

I guess I’m just cautioning against the use of technology as a replacement for human interaction.

The world is your oyster, but realize that oysters have limits, too.

And even if my smartphone is smarter than me, at least I still have control over my own actions and my own life.

I’m just warning against allowing technology to play too large of a role in your everyday life.