If you are a person working in retail(I am not) how can you not be afraid of the future?
Michael Craig
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Sure! Let’s start at the top.

So in the first paragraph, we talk about, essentially, the idea that technological innovation removing jobs that are currently done by people. Ie, if my job is about to be replaced by some sort of software or technological advance, how can I welcome it? How can I not fear it?

We’ve seen this before in history. Remember Luddites? I think history speaks for itself here, as usual.

Also, if I were a young person, and I saw the trend of technology replacing certain jobs or sectors of jobs, perhaps it would not be in my interest to go into these fields. That’s simply poor decision making.

Second paragraph boiled down: technology is instilling bad habits in youngsters by teaching them to live beyond their means.

Technology is a tool. How you utilize tools is up to you. Your habits are your habits. How you choose to go about life with those habits are your own choices, technology doesn’t MAKE you do them. Your examples are more about convenience at a price, and that’s a choice you make. When I have to choose between getting food delivered to me at the touch of a button or going to the grocery store, buying the ingredients, and cooking dinner, I factor in the time, money, and energy required, and I make a decision based on what resources I have available to me. Do I have a lot of time? Do I have money for that luxury? Is my time perhaps so valuable that it’s actually more cost efficient in my life to order the food?

Third/Fourth paragraphs: You can still have those same values at your dinner table with the smartphones and all today. Technology has increased our ability to communicate exponentially, and if you are productive with its use, you increase your productivity. If you use it to browse facebook, or IM your friends, you decrease your productivity. Once again, technology is a tool, it’s how you use it. I’m going to disregard the little attack on my character moment because let’s face it, it’s not going to do either of us any good going down that path.

Fifth paragraph: I’m sure there are papers and studies out there on how much technology has helped or hurt us, and exactly where. And in terms of business, trust, and perception of technology, I will say this — I get the older generations and the values they have based on the conditions they grew up in. But you have to understand, with each new generation our perceptions change, as well. Just a few decades ago people would NEVER buy an expensive item such as a TV, or a car from “some stranger on the internet”. But as society has these doubts, people have created ways to meet these uncertainties. Look at consumer behavior today, and tell me the world is still hanging onto the same ideals they did “back in the day”.

The last few points about roads, UBERs, etc. I think the jury is still out on the help/harm factors of these services. There are a lot of great pros and cons on both sides, and some academic research some time down the road may be able to give some more definitive answers. However for the sake of countering your points, consider this — if rideshare services didn’t exist, I would simply not have that option, and therefore have to drive wherever I wanted to before, or take public transportation (which where I live, I would really rather not for sanitation and safety reasons). That’s another parking space I’d have to take up, and the exact same amount of wear and tear on the roads, toxic fumes, etc.

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