Technology has come so far in such a short time period. For example, as a kid we had those big huge televisions that were like furniture, answering machines that were the size of a VCR, cell phones that were called “bag phones’ and had to be lugged around and more often than not when you called a business you spoke to a live person and not an automated system with a complicated menu.
Last month I was out running errands and stopped at a convenience store for a soda, I couldn’t believe it when I saw a working payphone outside of the store. I was so shocked I took a picture on my smartphone and uploaded it to Facebook. In under five minutes I had several comments, “what’s that?” “how much does a call cost?” and “where did you find a payphone?” Just the fact that I was able to whip out my phone that has a camera, snap a quick shot and upload it to the internet to share with the world in under a minute speaks volumes about technology and its progress. Heck in college we didn’t have the Internet, I still had to go to the library and dig through card catalogs (remember those?). At the rate we’re going I’m not sure my children will even know what a “library” is by the time they go to college.
However, it is kind of funny that with the technology we have today and all of the modern conveniences we’re still not traveling like the Jetsons or having food delivered to on a conveyor with the push of a button. Wouldn’t that be cool? It’s dinner time and you just press the button for lasagna and then the fully cooked meal is delivered to you without any effort on your part. After the meal, you just put the dirty dishes back on the conveyor belt and off they go to the dishwasher where they’re cleaned and returned to the cabinet.
But with everything being automated these days and I do mean EVERYTHING more and more companies are downsizing! Receptionists have been replaced with those annoying automated voice systems, press 1 for this and 3 for that, factory employees have been replaced by material handling systems which make products from internet businesses more affordable by reducing costs but also eliminates jobs. Of course I’m not saying technology is bad, it makes life easier and in some ways safer as in providing us with cell phones when on the road and experiencing car trouble, or having GPS devices to track someone when missing, even systems that we don’t use or aren’t aware of like pharmacy automation which helps ensure the right medication is filled and helps track prescriptions affected by recalls.
No, technology is a good thing and something we’ll rely on more and more as the population grows. And hopefully we’ll be able to find a balance between efficiency, convenience, lower costs and safety without eliminating the jobs needed to buy and support that technology.
How to do you feel about technology? Do you think it has made our lives better and if so, in what ways?