How much has technology changed the way you live?

September 1, 2008 by  
Filed under Digital Space

It seems that every other week there is another annoucement about a new piece of technology claiming to “change the way we do ___________[fill in the blank].

The articles here in the Digital Space clearly reflect changes in the way we watch TV , charge your electronic devices , display our photographs and store our music .

It is easy to see the way that technology itself has changed – just consider the office machines that were used when you first started work or the electronic equipment that was in your house when you where growing up. But has technology changed us …. a) the way we live or b) who we are as human beings.

My answer is a resounding yes to part (a) and a realistic not much to part (b).

Every day our lives are changed by technology that rapidly moves on, if by no other force than necessity and the intelligence of those creating the next great thing. It seems to give us just a small amount of time to breathe between software updates. For some people the speed of the change in technology is frustraingly fast and the only people that seem to understand it are the technologists.

But the changes to technology have benefited not just technologists but every person around the world. If you have communicated with a loved one on the other side of the world without is costing a small fortune, had surgery to replace or repair a body part that had worn out, or are business owner that is able to sell products and services around the world and not just in your town, then you have benefited from technology change. The way that our children learn about ideas, our world learns about each other, or our clients learn about us, is all a product of the especially fast change in technology over the past 20 years.

But has it changed who we are as human beings? With the fast changes in technology there may be an imperative to learn faster but my belief is that as human being we still hold many truths to be the same as in the days of Shakespeare …

“If you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?”. – (The Mechant of Venice, Act III, scene I )

Has technology changed who you are or just what you do and the way you live your life? Or has it not effected you or your life at all? Or maybe, just maybe, it has even helped change who you are?

Comments

3 Responses to “How much has technology changed the way you live?”
  1. Funny you should mention it Leah but the new knee (and the getting of it) has made me more physically capable while also putting different limits on my functioning. (For instance I can no longer kneel down for anything – not even to drag that errant cord from under the desk)
    But having the technology has given me freedoms I couldn’t bear to lose.
    While also teaching me to respect (at least a little more) what I still have of my body.
    Thanks for getting me thinking

  2. Marc Lehmann says:

    Well without technology my kids never would have got to see surfing mice! Only on YouTube could that ever have happened :)

  3. glaicel says:

    no phone and computer my life will be boring….. :)