Monday, January 5, 2015
TECHNOLOGY AND STUFF
I have lived through remarkable changes during my seventy plus years. I have probably seen more change in my lifetime than any single person from any prior generation.
The greatest changes have happen over the past thirty years due to the advent of micro-miniature computer advancements. These advancements have increased life expectancy, aided in every form of endeavor and made mankind more in control of his or her environment. Life without electronics would be unimaginable to most people.
However, for every advancement we lose something of our humanity.
Life was not ideal in the forties and fifties when I was a child. There were many groups of people disenfranchised because of race or social status. But, there was a peace and a pace of life that was far more comforting than today. There were no cell phones and people did not stay connected 24/7; if you were traveling you waited until your destination to communicate with friends or family: you actually talked to people face to face – people relished conversation. There was no TV or texting so people ate meals together and conversed. You communicated with distant friends and family with hand written letters – a personal touch that is lacking in e-mail. Everything was slower: more personal.
Today on technology news new products for 2015 were listed.
1. A wearable camera that live streams to the internet.
2. Electronic house plant waterer.
3. Levitating speakers.
4. A tooth brush that connects to your smartphone and keeps track of each time you brush and allows interactive games.
5. A wrist watch that connects to your smart phone or computer and notes all your activity, physical condition and keeps time.
6. Electronic roller skates.
7. Coffee pot that is activated by your smart phone.
8. Electronic baby bottle that tracks an infant’s intake and tells you the correct angle for efficient feeding.
9. A wearable thermometer connected to your blue tooth that monitors your or your children’s temperature 24/7.
10. GPS tracking devices for young children.
11. GPS tracking wrist watches for your older children.
12. GPS tracking devices for your pets.
13. House locks that lock or unlock with a touch of your finger.
14. Travel bags and suit cases that lock and unlock via smartphone.
15. Gas cooking ranges that have digital video displays and can be operated with your smartphone.
16. Numerous home security cameras: one with an orb recording capability (spherical recording.)
17. An electronic belt that warns you if you gain weight and automatically loosens when you sit down.
18. And of course, numerous personal drones with various capabilities.
It is a new world. Many things are better, but at a cost.