Interesting piece. The lightening speed of technology across time is pretty cool. I believe people in the tech world are very intelligent. Tech is cool, innovative, game changing, life changing. The possibilities are endless. I would love to see us (humans) experience travel across the galaxy and into other galaxies. It’s possible. Not sure when, but I believe it is.
IBM‘s Watson in collaboration with the medical industry to transform how and what care patients receive. Amazing. Space-X’s work on space travel. Cool. Lockheed Martin and the U.S. military’s work with their $400,000 augmented reality helmet for an F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter jet. Nice. These projects/programs are just a small percentage of the robotic, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, world.
I’m not a tech person, but I like reading about what and where we’re going. And I don’t have a lot of friends in the tech industry, but when I come across someone in that world, I like asking questions. :). But I’m thinking not everyone’s like me. And many people don’t have the time to read about, do the research, have the funding, etc., to look into what’s going on in tech today, let alone the future. Some people, many people are just trying to survive, stay alive (famine, war torn nations, crime filled environments, natural disaster areas like North Carolina where many just lost their homes), raise a family, finish school, teach, get a job, help aging parents, work with the poor, homeless, refugees, the sick, the hurting. The list is pretty long. Not to mention those people who have lost or are at risk in losing their jobs to the growth of technology. How does one reconcile the possibilities of technology with the world of those not in tech?
Maybe look at it from a different view — How often do those in the tech industry interact one-on-one with those who have little to no experience with the high tech of today let alone have an exposure to the technology of the future. I am not a techie (is it okay to say techie?). I believe those in the industry who are excited about it, who understand it, who live it, who breathe it, don’t often interact one-to-one or come into contact with those (not friends or families) who do not. And that’s okay but, to really understand the ‘demographic’ who aren’t exposed to this world, get into their world and find out who they are. How they see technology. What is their world view? How are they exposed to it? How do they use it? And who are they?
I remember years ago, I had a friend who was an IT guy for our unit (military). He was super smart. He basically taught himself everything about computers, LANs, WANs, etc. (I did say a long time ago :)) Whenever we, not the ITs, needed help, he was the guy to call. He would swoop in to save the day and he always fixed the problem. But those getting the help were sometimes very frustrated by the time he left. Not because he didn’t fix the problem, but because he didn’t take the time to explain how to fix it on their level. He explained things, but not where they could understand. They weren’t the only ones frustrated, my friend would get very frustrated also. Because ‘they’ weren’t getting it.
So the reason I bring this up — ‘they’ weren’t getting it because he was super smart and wasn’t, at the time, able to understand when he was explaining how to fix it — at his level — ‘they’ weren’t going to get it.
It’s kind of like today’s technology — it’s not a bad thing. It’s not. But sometimes we, whoever we are, must actually engage with, talk to, laugh with, share with… the they, whoever they are. I believe that’s when we (all of us, the techie’s and non-techie’s) can begin to dialogue about today and tomorrow’s technology.