Mobile devices, lots of opportunities and lots of risks
About the sheer impossibility to stop the technically feasible
I refer to a video titled ‘Dillan’s Voice’
posted by Olivério Graça on Google+ with this intro:
“This ad is the proof that technology only matters when it solves real problems and helps to eliminate barriers. This is what I am more and more interested with what Apple is doing because other companies only sell smartphones.”
That’s the most exciting application of electronic devices.
But I also kept in mind …
“My kids accuse me and my wife of being fascists and overly concerned about tech, and they say that none of their friends have the same rules… That’s because we have seen the dangers of technology firsthand. I’ve seen it in myself, I don’t want to see that happen to my kids.”
(Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics)
I take a similar view and I see more risks than benefits coming up with so-called “innovative” ideas like AR, VR, and machine learning (I wouldn’t call it AI because it’s still far away from being intelligent in a sense we defined it since centuries).
I see the industry trying to make us overly dependent on their eDevices. We already see it today when analyzing the skills and behavior of young people growing up with smartphones, tablets, and wearables.
1 Turn off “Spell Checking” and people aren’t able to write down correct sentences.
2 Turn off “Notifications” and access to social media and people loose part of their ability for face-to-face communication.
3 Turn off “Navigation” and people forget how to reach their target (also meant in a metaphorical sense).
4 Focused on their device (smartphone, AirPods, VR glasses, wearables, and what else we will see in the future) they communicate via emojis and stickers.
5 Uninstall games and people don’t know what to do in their leisure time.
It’ll need an excellent classical education to avoid these risks in our more and more device-controlled life.
Is it really a benefit for humans when their devices are getting more and more “intelligent” while their skills degenerate?
I’m a fan not only of Apple products but also of Apple as a company because there is an outstanding philosophy behind nearly everything they do (Environmental Initiative, Supplier Responsibility, Engagement in Education, etc). But it’s also a business and therefore most of the decisions are guided by commercial considerations.
To let everything Apple go unchallenged like we read it in many articles isn’t what I expect from authors who are also responsible for our future thinking and assessments.
There are too many people out there with less education, not seeing the risks and believing everything they read on the Internet.
Stay hungry, stay foolish
but don’t forget to scrutinize.
So think twice and don’t be too enthusiastic.
Thanks for taking your time.