My wife and I have this ongoing argument.Â To sum it up:
She views technology as being the source of all evil.Â
Now this is funny considering the person she’s chosen to spend the rest of her life with would (will?) be at the front of the line when they start implanting bio-organic computers in us. 😉
Truthfully, I see where she goes with it.Â Technology has allowed us to do more with less, to make great leaps forward with little or no regard as to whether or not we’re emotionally ready for it as a species.Â Technology has made it easier to kill, hurt, maim, or just plain not care than ever previously possible.
However I’m one of the hard-core believers.Â I truly believe that what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.Â If we survive this explosive growth in technology, I believe that technology will eventaully save us, maybe even from ourselves.
As a kid, I grew up watching the original Star Trek.Â I’ve seen every one of the original series, and most of just about every spin-off series since.Â (With the exception of Deep-Space-Nine, or as we call it around here, “As the Galaxy Turns”)
It has since struck me that Roddenberry had a real dream for the future.Â A dream where technology takes care of most of the “have-to’s” and leaves us to pursue the “want-to’s”.Â People like me would go into engineering because it’s what we love, not because it’s what pays the bills.Â To be able to dedicate one’s life to study, learning, and personal growth is most definately the ideal.
My wife may be right, technology may be the end of us… But every ending signifies a new beginning, and *THAT* is what I’m waiting for.