Technology Marches On
So Disney+ has come out and it's made me depressed about technology.
Everything Disney's made available at your fingertips for $5/month?????
Remember when buying 1 movie was exciting? Going to the store, or library, or Blockbuster to rent 1? The waiting, the anticipation. The giftwrap around it if it was a present. The PHYSICALNESS of it? The packaging designed to get you to want to see it? Having a collection.
All the TV shows. Remember when you had to watch what was on TV whether you liked it or not? If you caught it in the middle, you had to watch it starting in the middle. If it was a rerun you've seen 1000 times, you're watching it 1001 times.
This isn't just against Disney+ and streaming. I hate all the rapid advances in technology we've seen the past couple decades.
I don't get all excited when a new video game system comes out. Get me some PacMan or Space Invaders. Get me NES Super Mario Bros or Pokemon Red & Blue. The excitement of going from black-and-white to color. The excitement of going from 2D to 3D.
I hate how everything's digital. I hate how smartphones can do everything. I hate how screens are everywhere. It hurts my eyes! But why replace a menu with a screen at restaurants?
It's really sad to me things like flashlights, newspapers, calculators, phonebooks, paper checkbooks, magazines, camcorders, cameras, paper books can be wiped out. I guess so much reliance on trees for paper isn't good, but jeez.
What technology is next? Sometimes I hear scientists are working on transmitting your brain's memories into a computer so you can 'live forever.'
I don't think teleportation is as far off as people think. It's coming. Maybe you can transmit your brain's memories like you can text or call someone, and the brain's memories are uploaded into a robot or some sort of other artificial body, so 'you' can still be there.
I hear about driverless cars all the time. I have friends/family who are blind and they like the idea, but I'm not sure it's overall good. Jobs will be lost.
Technology and robots have done so much harm to the labor force. Instead of 10 people working at a company, now it takes just 1 person due to robots/computers/etc. Thankfully, there's still lot of jobs out there, and it even creates new jobs, but what was wrong with having humans do those tasks?
Technology makes me sad. It does a lot of good, and I'm a victim by choice to a lot of it, but I think people invent things without realizing the consequences of it.
"They were so busy doing it, they didn't stop and ask if they should do it."
The world is quiet here.