I work in technologies (program / project management), and see first hand increasingly more people making things more complicated, not simpler,
through the use of technology. Because I work on the physical side of things I am not involved in the logic behind software development or the
reasons why. Common tasks which used to be much simpler if done manually have become overly complex and burdened by what I call "collateral damage"
as a result of tech and the integration thereof. In some cases technology is an illusion, seemingly making things more accessible when in fact just
the opposite is true.
I often see products and services developed without a clear need. It is akin to finding the answer to a question which hasn't been asked. The
"cloud" is a good example of this.
As the masses become increasingly more addicted to technology, security becomes more and more a necessary 'evil' adding layers of complexity to things
which otherwise might be far easier. Some might posit these additional layers of complexity create jobs where they wouldn't otherwise exist, and this
is true to an extent, but to what end? I could cite numerous examples, but rather than go down that rabbit-hole suffice to say advances in
"technology" is not always a good thing IMO.
I see people carry all manner of electronic devices with them to address all manner of tasks they may face in a given day. For my part, sometimes a
simple wooden pencil (the kind you actually have to sharpen) and a notebook will accomplish the exact same thing with far less overhead.
Professionally, I try to make things easier, not harder. If this means using less technology, not more, to solve a given problem then I will be the
first to recommend it.
I see tasks performed every day where people are "working for the technology" as opposed to the "technology working for them". This is fundamentally
flawed in my book. One of my highest professional tenets is to turn this notion around. Technology should not exist for the sake of existing; it
shouldn't be developed for the sake of development. Technology should be developed to solve problems which would otherwise be much more difficult to
solve. When technology fails to provide a value add to any process we should get rid of it.
Sometimes, just a little old fashioned 'elbow grease' is a better, longer lasting, solution in the long haul.
P.S. In my personal life, despite my high-tech professional life, I raise cattle. From the most complex high-tech world by day, to the most low-tech
world by night. I marvel sometimes at the dichotomy of that transition on a daily basis. I believe it builds character though, something sorely
missing in today's society. In fact, very few technologies have ever been developed which will replace a man, a horse and rounding up cattle on the
open range. No cell phone or fancy tablet will do it. No "app" has ever been devised which will do it. Just a little bit of effort, and some good
old fashioned fresh air and sunshine will do it though.
Food for thought.
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