Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 35

Thread: Are we starting to rely too much on technology?

  1. #1
    Super Moderator In Winter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Seattle
    Posts
    15,692
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default Are we starting to rely too much on technology?

    I found out about an app that Google is going to be releasing that will allow people who carry around wallets, to have everything they own in their wallet, programmed onto a phone:

    Google Wallet - a smart, virtual wallet for in-store and online shopping

    I'm starting to wonder if everything we do is starting to and is going to start relying too much on technology and everything technology related. I mean, carrying a phone around is one thing, and being able to access the internet on your phone is another thing, but being able to access your wallet and all your personal items on your phone? Really?

    Also, with this specific app, i've noticed a few flaws right away that could cause some distress with anybody who decides to get it:

    What if your phone dies and you have no means of charging it?
    What if someone steals your phone/you lose your phone?

    I'm not exactly sure how I would assume the success/fail rate of this app, but I don't think it will get very far. But it's not so much about the app that's the issue, more than it is the fact that we are starting to rely on technology just a LITTLE bit too much. I may be young, but I know when something is getting a bit excessive.

  2. #2
    Forum God prekambrium's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Seoul, South Korea
    Posts
    1,443

    Default

    We are indeed.
    I mean, I dont want it to be that way, but I feel like something is missing if I dont have my phone around, or my computer or whatever. And that is already too much, its ****ing crazy.

  3. #3
    Psycho Hosebeast CoolBec's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    State of Catatonia
    Posts
    4,407

    Default

    Some of the modern conveniences are nice, but not failsafe enough for some situations as you mentioned. For example, GPS is great for a wilderness backpacking trip, but I always have a paper map and a good compass along for backup.

    Problem is that things like GPS are so convenient and easy to use that people don't bother to learn how to use a map and compass anymore.
    --------------------------------



    "Never underestimate the capacity of simple minds to overcomplicate things." ~Me!
    ==================================
    http://www.muzicforums.com/member-jo...-my-music.html

  4. #4
    GrandMaitre Giantafrique FrancoPepeKalle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Shakopee, Minnesota
    Posts
    2,437

    Default

    I think technology is bad because we longer get to see friends. Now technology is so popular that basically we don't need to have real friends but internet friends. Some of us are so unpopular that we talk to people online rather than in real person. I do that a lot especially on facebook. So we do need old times back but that will never happen.


    Grand Maitre Franco & Giantafrique Pepe Kalle
    Music is the best when it has a strong banger. Music: R&B, Hip Hop, Rap, African, Latin, Rock & Roll, and Country. Ezali na la musique du la monde.
    Chief Luambo Yampanya Star

  5. #5
    ...It's a spade.... Yossarian's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Great North West of England
    Posts
    5,467

    Default

    How long will it be until you can buy a contact lens that allows you to go online, just by using one of your eye's?. It may even be safer that way, one eye on the road and the other eye on the internet, instead of both eyes on the internet and no eyes on the road. The speed technology moves at today would suggest that at some point in the future, we will be born and immediately hooked up to our own personal computer that will feed us and all the other stuff, we'll spend our entire life hooked up to this thing never ever going out, weather wont matter anymore and there's no such thing as physical human contact. We will turn ourselves into just another appliance, we'll be one step ahead of the toaster and two steps behind the computer.


    We used to be in control and we aren't any more, we had no competition at all, no other living thing on Earth could have taken control from us we had it all sewn up. Only a human being could have been dumb enough to invent the very thing that was eventually going to take over the entire planet and every thing on it, and we still think we're sooo very smart don't we, we're all idiots and its not so bad when you come to terms with it.


  6. #6
    Super Moderator In Winter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Seattle
    Posts
    15,692
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Yossarian View Post
    How long will it be until you can buy a contact lens that allows you to go online, just by using one of your eye's?. It may even be safer that way, one eye on the road and the other eye on the internet, instead of both eyes on the internet and no eyes on the road. The speed technology moves at today would suggest that at some point in the future, we will be born and immediately hooked up to our own personal computer that will feed us and all the other stuff, we'll spend our entire life hooked up to this thing never ever going out, weather wont matter anymore and there's no such thing as physical human contact. We will turn ourselves into just another appliance, we'll be one step ahead of the toaster and two steps behind the computer.


    We used to be in control and we aren't any more, we had no competition at all, no other living thing on Earth could have taken control from us we had it all sewn up. Only a human being could have been dumb enough to invent the very thing that was eventually going to take over the entire planet and every thing on it, and we still think we're sooo very smart don't we, we're all idiots and its not so bad when you come to terms with it.

    Definitely my favorite post in this thread so far.

  7. #7

    Default

    Yes. Way to reliant on it.
    VOTE FOR THE METAL BATTLE OF THE BANDS!

  8. #8
    GrandMaitre Giantafrique FrancoPepeKalle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Shakopee, Minnesota
    Posts
    2,437

    Default

    That can be good and bad.

    Good because we can be technology advance
    Bad because we lose a sense of friendship

  9. #9

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by In Winter View Post
    What if someone steals your phone/you lose your phone?
    This happens with wallets too though, so having a backup on your phone actually seems to be a good thing. With that said, whoever thought of having a backup wallet file?
    MEOW MEOW MEOW MEOW

  10. #10
    Super Moderator downlow's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    in a treefort
    Posts
    10,596

    Default

    the things you own end up owning you-tyler durden, fight club

    i think it goes far beyond technology. i think its the extreme of everything. virtual wallet, fast food for dinner, people polled prefer texts over calls (some dont answer calls) 3 cars for a household, hell my sister cant sew by hand etc etc. alas....

    civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking of them.-alfred north whitehead

    so its not going anywhere.
    Quote Originally Posted by prekambrium View Post

    Name calling is good though, more people should do it on this forum.
    skämtet är den kvickes vapen, allvaret är den dummes sköld.
    www.aa.org
    www.na.org

  11. #11

    Default

    Much of mainstream technology exists so that we can consume at greater and greater rates. much of the rest of technology exists to continue providing energy to us in order to continue to consume.

    We're built with this preconceived notion that everything can continue to grow ad infinitum and that there will be an endless stream of energy to allow us to do so. Technology helps make this appear valid when, in fact, all it does is allow us to completely exhaust those remaining sources of energy.

    Thus, I look at it this way: we have to rely more and more on technology because we really couldn't survive very long without it. Sure, there are certainly pieces of technology which would have little or no impact on our way of life if they vanished. For the most part, however, the fundamentals of technology are vital to our continued existence.

    So, an app like this virtual wallet may seem completely frivolous. What happens, however, when it costs $5/L for gasoline? When the average car requires $200+ of gas to fill the tank and your average beast of a truck requires $800 to fill, we won't be doing much driving, if at all. These methods of virtually accessing currency, etc.. could prove to be invaluable if/when we are significantly limited in out ability to travel..

  12. #12
    GrandMaitre Giantafrique FrancoPepeKalle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Shakopee, Minnesota
    Posts
    2,437

    Default

    Technology has become part of society. What we need to do is find some way to moderate this use of technology so we don't get overboard for it. Technology is something people wanted and now we got it. That is the important thing. We need to find a way to balance things.

  13. #13
    GrandMaitre Giantafrique FrancoPepeKalle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Shakopee, Minnesota
    Posts
    2,437

    Default

    IW, what would be you solution to try to moderate the technology.

  14. #14

    Default

    The best solution is to kill all old people so we can develop technology without people worrying about it.

  15. #15
    Psycho Hosebeast CoolBec's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    State of Catatonia
    Posts
    4,407

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by downlow View Post
    i think it goes far beyond technology. i think its the extreme of everything. .
    I recall seeing a movie some years ago that was set in the future when everyone's brain is hardwired into the internet. One day some virus or something causes the whole system to go down and turns everyone into a drooling idiot, except this one guy who due to some rare physical affliction wasn't able to get the implant and had to learn how to do things like basic math and such with his own brain. He had been treated like a mental retard his whole life until the system crashed and then the shoe was on the other foot.

    Interesting story, I wish I could remember the name of it. Maybe you've seen/read it.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •