The Impact of Technology Welcome to the future! In the past fifty years we have seen many technological advances come and go, but some are here to stay for better or for worse. Although it has a positive impact on society, technology is slowly taking over, and we are becoming more dependent on it for every aspect of our lives. Humans in a way, have created a monster.
Blah Big Data, digitization, robotics, artificial intelligence AIrobotics and cybernetic technologies overshadow these business terms and activities and remains the big elephant in the room.
In fact, technology is moving at such a pace that Moshe Vardi, a Rice computer scientist, argues that all human jobs will be obsolete by Just a couple of decades ago it was electronics and telephony that made us both nervous and excited at the speed of their progression.
Today, it is computing devices, the Internet, online retailing, social media platforms, hi-tech technologies, 3D printing, drones and driverless cars etc. For those who have the knowledge and skills in this area it provides them with a distinct advantage.
However, for many others it presents a huge challenge, which may possibly leave them behind and even out of a job. Is there a chance that this digital landscape could bankrupt our future way of living and working?
Before panic sets in that the end of civilisation as we are comfortable with is nigh, let us explore the similarities between technology and humans as well as, what might be the differences. These insights just might put us humans a little bit at ease!
Contrary to past beliefs, as we age the brain as an organ still undergoes molecular changes with synaptic plasticity increasing and, in recent years, advances in the fields of neuroscience, neuropsychology, neurobiology, as well as fMRI technology has provided us with insights and evidence on how our brain structure and processes can change to mediate behaviour.
For context, a simple way of understanding the brain is that it is a biological computer that consists of three parts working as one. The neocortex brain also known as the analytical mind is responsible for higher order functions, analytical thinking, decision-making and creativity.
The limbic brain is the emotional command centre, running all basic social interactions.
It is the seat of our value judgements and our habits. It can be somewhat rigid and compulsive. Whether we are daydreaming or contemplating we have the ability to interpret and our brains are wired to connect socially.
It is fast, intuitive and emotional. System 2 takes more effort; it requires intense focus and operates methodically.
It is more deliberative and more logical. These two systems interact continually. So what are the similarities: The neocortex analytical mind is somewhat similar to a computer in that it is analyses and decodes information.
Similarly, computers are neural networks programmed with a set of algorithms or logical operations as much as the brain is made up of billion nerves that communicate in trillions of connections called synapses. Computers work through an interaction of physical hardware components and software instructions and like our own brain it can translate instructions and perform calculations.
Although computers can be trained to read the emotion and reaction of individuals, computers are not wired to connect socially and are not intuitive.5 February Technology schwenkreis.com in the Workplace Imagine yourself working for a factory.
Possibly a factory that aids in the manufacturing of cars, or makes the parts for the machines that cut the small pieces that result in a larger product. Technology is simply the ‘how', and must never become the 'what' in human life—yet in many areas of our public and private lives, that is exactly what is now happening.
Technology vs. Humanity is the first work which articulates this coming clash in detail, offering numerous models and concepts to restore the moral equilibrium and re-think.
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On top is a rotating LiDAR scanner.
LiDAR can detect objects up to meters away in complete darkness. Gerd Leonhard.
Dear friend, as a fellow human being I invite you to take part in what might be the most important conversation our tribe will ever have – Technology vs. Humanity. Whatever your personal viewpoint may be on the sliding scale from passionate transhumanist to old-world Cassandra, now is the time to join in and have your speak on the essentials worth living – or even evolving.
Technology can have positive and negative impact on social interactions This is an excerpt from Dimensions of Leisure for Life by Human Kinetics.