Just a few random thoughts occurring to me today. As far as blog posts go, this one will win no awards (as opposed to my other stellar pieces of work…..) but I’m working on the meatier blog posts in my head so please forgive my tangents for this one. Still getting into the habit of blogging regularly!
As a few of you will know, I’ve been having some phone trouble lately. My fancy shmancy HTC Desire smartphone apparently can’t take the heat. Literally, it overheats when you try and carry out complex actions like sending three text messages in a row or checking the time. Recently it’s gotten worse, leading to me spending all of yesterday without my mobile phone.
“Shock!” You say!
“Horror!” You cry!
“THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!”
Actually, I did. Not having a phone didn’t sit well at all with me, considering my son is less than a month old. What if something happened to him and he needed me? I’d be out of contact save for Facebook messages, and the thought of being reliant on Facebook of all things made me feel horribly stooge-like. A new phone is a necessity.
Think about that for a second. A necessity. I cannot, at this point, carry out all my responsibilities and live my life comfortably without this piece of technology. My life is carried out using biological and technological parts. I am a cyborg, and unfortunately for me, not even a cool one.
My newly-realised cyborgery isn’t a new thing though. Neither is yours. The phone made me realise it in more stark terms, but we’ve all been reliant on technology for some time, very probably since we were born. The processes that created the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the houses we live in, all the things we deem essential for our survival, were created by technology. We are almost inextricably reliant on it. Some of us actually can’t live without it. I wonder how this will grow and expand. Will we have designer eyes and more bionic biology in the future? Not sure how comfortable I am with the idea, though the first scientist to offer super strength will find me first in line.
Do you have a prized piece of technology? What’s the best machine mankind has made? For all the physical aid technology gives us, it’s the tech that helps us broaden our horizons that means the most to me – the freedom of information granted by the internet or the glimpse into what we can achieve with things like the space programme. My favourite piece of tech that I own is probably my iPad, for convenience and comic reading. Internet is the new television, and I can see tablets and online-capable products being far more common in the average household in 10 years time, especially with more functionality and ease of storage and transport. But for my favourite piece of tech ever, the space shuttle wins hands down. Not just for what it does, but for what it symbolised. As a species we went from horse-drawn cart to walking on the moon in the space of 100 years. We looked up and set our sights – and more importantly our resolve – on the moon. And we got there. What’s Mars like this time of year?