I have mixed feelings about a lot of things tech related. I'll be 32 in 6 weeks, and was the first in my middle school to have a pager at age 13, also
the first to have a cell phone at age 15. I loved tech. It made sense to me that tech was going to change the world.
I had a realization in the early 2000's that we were opening pandora's box, so to speak, both biologically, and technologically. I think that's still
the case, but realize there's no way to stop where we're going. You're either going to get left far behind by choosing not to integrate the latest
trans-humanist tech, else will will have the advantage and the associated risks.
To get back on the topic of cell phones. It's changing us, in more than one way. Early studies on 3G penetration in Australia showed shifts in how
people were interacting, and going about their daily lives. People behave differently when they have the safety of instant communication and vast
supplies of data at their fingertips. That's now happening the world over. We have more smartphone users than personal computer users worldwide. This
is an absolute game-changer that will reshape the world as the decentralization/open-source movement expands.
Now, on a biological level, there's no reason to think all those flashies aren't messing with us hormonally, and actually transforming the structure
and function of our psyches. All stimuli influences our minds. I listened to NPR a couple years ago, and it mentioned a (then) soon to be released
study showing that children's brains were developing differently in the presence of the newer technology around them. They are seeming to mature
faster, was the hint that was given. Doesn't this go along with the culture of trying to have mini-me children who act like little adults?
You could potentially even tie in autistic spectrum disorders into this. If individuals spend 8-10 hours on their smartphone, how much less time do
they have for personal contact that involves social instincts, activating in large part due to the non-verbal communication (90%) that doesn't go
along with texting or emailing?!
Lot's to be thought about here. What is best? Who defines best? Has best ever been static? Are we not supposed to adapt, and evolve? I don't have
answers for any of these questions anymore, except that best is always value dependent, and values shift over time.
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