Don’t we have enough technology already? Wasn’t everything simpler back in the day? Wouldn’t things be fine if we just stopped now?
Variations of the question pop up from time to time, even if you aren’t the kind of person particularly fascinated with the latest gadgets.
In short, the answer is no. We shouldn’t stop; it would not be better. Buy why?
The simple answer is that you don’t really have a choice because you literally cannot stop it. Technology is a trend that predates, by billions of years, what we consider ‘technology.’ It is an extension of biology that goes back to the earliest days of the planet. We do rely on it, some might call it a crutch, but are we really leaning on it if it is so much a part of us that it is never going away?
But, to go a little deeper, 60 Minutes did a feature last week (watch it here) about how the iPad is helping people with autism. One of the people they follow is a young man named Joshua Hood who is able to communicate better than ever now that he has an iPad.
It is not tough to see on Josh or his mother’s face how incredible a tool it is; how much it has changed their lives.
And while it is great, it can only get better if we keep building, inventing, and exploring. We are further along than ever in fighting cancer and the negative effects of aging. Studies are in progress that hope to have a quadriplegic person walking within three years. Yes, you read that right.
So even if fifty years ago was a simpler, less hectic time there are quite a few people whose lives have and can immensely benefit if we build the technology to help them. Are you going to stand in the way of that?