More evidence that we are about to be left further behind by technology

27 Jun

Artificial intelligence is coming to a shopping mall near you soon.

Before long, this article in The Globe and Mail claims, the rich data that has been mined about you online – through your Internet habits, your Likes, your social media postings, your numerous online profiles and all that volunteered information – will be shaped into marketing technologies that can promote the things you like and even predict what you are in the mood for when you shop.

You won’t ever have to think about what you want. The technology will be doing that. You won’t have to carry the item. It will be delivered. You won’t actually ever have to go the mall. There will be virtual malls online.

Humans as portrayed in the film Wall-eYou will be able to just sit back in your comfy chair and watch your bones gradually liquify until you resemble the humans portayed in the kids’ film Wall-e.

Maybe I woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning but if I see one more bright-eyed comment about all the amazing things coming our way in technology I am going to throw my mobile device at ….some pillows!


6 Responses to “More evidence that we are about to be left further behind by technology”

  1. moe June 27, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    Doug, Doug, Doug….it isn’t my fault or your fault, it’s asphalt…from Aristotle to George Orwell to Walt Disney to George Lucas, it’s been popular to daydream about the future as either a Utopian ideal of flying cars and light sabers or Dystopian world of all worm with no apple.

    The future is always just around the corner and some people find that frightening while others can’t wait. But the reality is we live in the present, deal with whatever we’ve got, take it for granted and accept the hazaards along with the fruits.

    100 years ago the biggest danger the future predictors saw in the advancement of the internal combustion engine was that people wouldn’t be able to breathe if propelled at speeds over 20 miles per hour. Little did they know we wouldn’t be able to breathe because of smog and the carbon dioxide killing everything green….

    We are no smarter or dumber than we were 100 years ago, just adapted to the current world. Not a better one, not a worse one but, truth be told, I’d rather see a modern dentist than one from the 1920’s..

    Now, where’s my Hugo Juice Smoothie and Nature’s Harvest Sweet ‘n Salty granola bar…oh, here they are, right beside the baked all dressed ripple chips and the remote control…

  2. Doug Brown June 27, 2011 at 11:16 am #

    Moe I’m going to let your comment sit there without praise or riposte: perfectly preserved for future generations to behold and admire.

  3. moe June 27, 2011 at 11:23 am #

    no, no, riposte, I insist…riposte (she said in her best Gene Wilder from Blazing Saddles voice)

  4. Doug Brown June 27, 2011 at 12:05 pm #

    Well then little lady, I woz just gonna say that this here “future” business comes a callin’ prid near every day ’round these parts. Them’s a fine line between what yer next century is gonna look like and what you’s looking at barreling down yer back porch while yer just trying to mind yer business and enjoy a pinch ‘tween yer cheek and gum ‘fore all hell breaks loose agin!

    Now, I’m just sayin.

  5. Monica Rossa June 27, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

    Are you familiar with Hans Morravec? He perpetuates the post humanist argument and hypothesizes that humans will be left behind unless they become technology. He has some very sci-fi theories that are extremely erratic, but also speak to the larger argument and that is the involvement of technology and how it ultimately affects how we live.

  6. Doug Brown June 27, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

    Thanks for the comment Monica. Technology used to fulfill needs. Now it creates them. Much like advertising I suppose. I find the purpose of technology is not to enrich lives but to drive the small “e” economies. The world is in constant motion and our technology simply mirrors that. Things, apparently, are speeding up. I put it down to the population explosion.

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