Technology as religion…

My wife and I have this ongoing argument.  To sum it up:

She views technology as being the source of all evil. 

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.  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.  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.  I truly believe that what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.  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.  I’ve seen every one of the original series, and most of just about every spin-off series since.  (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.  A dream where technology takes care of most of the “have-to’s” and leaves us to pursue the “want-to’s”.  People like me would go into engineering because it’s what we love, not because it’s what pays the bills.  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.


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    • on June 25, 2007 at 12:39 am
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    While the first three seasons of DSN sucked the Dominion War arc in the later seasons was spectacular. Much better than all of Star Trek Voyager and the first two season of Enterprise put together.

    (Manny Coto’s run on Enterprise was fantastic but at that stage the time for saving the show had passed)

    • on June 25, 2007 at 9:52 am
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    Since the dawn of humanity man has asked himself “how can I do this better, in an easier way?”
    The answers were the wheels, the fire, the steam, the telephone…and also yes, the gun powder…
    Technology is what man lives for, that strange thing he feels inside that makes him doing not only for surviving better, but because he HAS TO.
    What is life without knowledge, without knowing that yes, you did something, that your day was not just living, but used, that your time and your work and your brain did a little bit to make this world a little better (or a little worse sometimes)but that you ACTUALLY DID something.
    The fun of life is in DOING, not in HAVING as most people think.
    Lucky the ones who understand that real happiness doesn’t come if you do not look for it.

  1. Mate,

    I find myself agreeing with zillaman. DS9 got really got after a while. But then I always thought the episodes with fighting in them were amongst the best. May be that says something about me 😉

    However, still on the topic of Star Trek, I just dont think it moved with the times enough and its way way behind some of the sci-fi stuff showing these days (including Heroes).

    I have to say that almost every invention I can think of has been put to use for both good and evil (if you believe in such things) and its up to us to make sure that we use it for good use.

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