A Hurricane of Personal Technologies in the Near Future

Personal technologies are very interesting and if you read the personal Tech Newsletters and magazines they are quite popular with the techie crowd and more and more the mainstream reader. There always seems to be something new and something to write about in personal Tech.

This is great for the personal tech enthusiast who loves high-tech toys and it is great for retailers who sell them. In a future you can expect a hurricane and a flurry of personal technologies and this is because the competition to create new innovative toys and inventions, which help people do what they do better it is becoming a major industry.

There are many great places on the Internet to go to learn about Personal Tech and the latest and greatest toys and gadgets available. Often it is hard to keep up with the hurricane of new personal technologies that come out each week. Many other nations besides the United States of America have also jumped on the bandwagon and are now producing very innovative and creative new technologies.

Soon we will see the robotic android artificial intelligent robots that we were promised by science-fiction writers of the past. The future is here and the future is now and as long as it is hurricane season we may as well talk about the hurricane of excitement in personal technologies. Consider this in 2006.

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Personal Technology for the Modern Society

In our fast changing world, technology is essential towards the execution of various tasks, which are impossible to be carried out without the power of science and electronics. Technology serves to be the vital bridge which fills up the gap between the impossibility and the possibility. It serves as the key towards unlocking the future full of fulfilled vision, accomplished mission and achieved goals.

As human beings of the twenty-first century, we are fortunate enough to be given a chance to have a grip on numerous gadgets that we could utilize for our own benefits. These modern gadgets ease the burden in carrying out our duties, and granting us the efficiency and precision that we desire. Nowadays, a contemporary device is a need for us human beings to fully unlock the potentials deep within ourselves, beneath our businesses and underneath the visions that we hold inside our minds.

Without these gadgets, it would be arduous to fulfill the tasks that the modern world is demanding from us. The inability to hold and utilized a gadget would create a barrier between us and our goals for today’s world, since modernization is calling upon its people to take a step forward and lean into something that could accomplish and finalize a task in a higher level.

Hence, we are challenged upon this society of ours to keep a hold with the gadgets and use them for the advantage of humanity. Luckily, there are innumerable devices and technology that we could own today.

Touch screen technology is just one of the many technology that could provide us only the best results and provide us an excellent service. This kind of technology allows the user to be interactive, which is a great way to deal with the interest of the current civilization. It allows an individual to create different sizes of presentations, allowing the viewer to examined profoundly a material. Touch screen technology allows its user to introduce his product to his clients in the most collective and communal manner. Subsequently, this would lead to a successful presentation and business deals.

Touch screen technology is durable than ever, thus one can be assured that such a technology could be of service for a business or for an establishment in a long span of time. Moreover, it allows a person to multitask in his presentations and create an amazing display of his product that would spark a great interest among people and clients. Owning this technology allows a user to personalize his tasks and functions. This is necessary since nowadays there are innumerable tasks that an individual should partake. Thus, personal technology permits someone to go beyond the boundaries and to go outside the limits.

Today, as our society is constantly evolving, utilizing such a superb product of science such as the touch screen technology, allows us to respond to the demands of time. It is just one among the proofs on how the world has just become so complex, that we need to be equipped to land a spot at the top.

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Is Personal Technology a Drug?

As many of you know, I have discussed the adverse effects of technology on numerous occasions. Specifically, I am talking about such things as mobile phones, video games, tablets and personal computers, those devices we embrace in the daily affairs of our lives. I have argued there is no documented proof it improves productivity (at least not with the U.S. Department of Labor), and that it affects our socialization skills particularly in the area on interpersonal relations. Such technology may allow us to express our creativity faster, to quickly access information, to communicate with anyone on the planet and share such things as notes and photos, but there is nothing to substantiate it enhances our ability to think. If anything, it diminishes the use of the brain. For example, many people can no longer perform basic math without the assistance of an automated calculator; We cannot communicate except by constant text messaging; We no longer believe we can compose letters or essays without a word processor, etc. It should come as no small wonder to watch an average office come to a complete standstill when the power is cutoff. Studies have also shown that extensive use of such devices actually lowers IQ. As Hicks points out in his book, “The Digital Pandemic,” technology has the ability to alter our minds; that it can assume the same robotic mannerisms as the technology we use. This means we are subliminally adjusting our lifestyles to adapt to technology.

We tend to think of drugs as chemicals or substances that are either used for medication or as a stimulant or depressant affecting the central nervous system, thereby causing changes in behavior. Under this paradigm, drugs are absorbed into the bloodstream orally, injected or smoked. In contrast, personal technology is absorbed through our senses particularly sight, sound and touch which, in turn, stimulates and arouses the brain, and provides a convenient venue for escapism. If used in moderation, there is little problem, but when used on a prolonged basis it leads to addiction and can alter moods, perceptions, and thinking patterns which leads to both positive and negative side affects. One obvious positive side effect would be a sense of accomplishment as in winning a game or successfully completing a task. The negative effect though comes from extended use whereby people become dependent on their technology to perform a variety of mental functions, such as math and writing. Further, we become impatient for results; as we grow accustomed to instant information, instant cash, instant photos, instant food, instant everything, and as a result, we become less tolerant of any form of delay which increases stress levels and leads to anger.

I contend our extended use of technology leads to an increase in violent behavior. This is a proposition that is hard to prove as it is difficult to locate reliable data tying technology to violent behavior. Also, such things as road rage, sports rage, work rage, bullying, anger management, animal cruelty are relatively new phenomenons and weren’t very prevalent just a few short decades ago. Consequently, finding reliable data over an extended period of time is very limited. The closest thing I could find was data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (its “Arrest Data Analysis Tool”) which revealed an increase in assault, sexual abuse, and threatening communications over the last ten years (the period when the use of personal technology soared). However, there is no direct connection to technology being the cause. Because there is no hard data, my premise will remain a theory until sufficient data can be assembled tying the two together.

In terms of addiction, technology exhibits the same type of powers as chemical dependency or, at the very least, gambling which also does not require drugs in the usual sense. Actually, the parallel between technology and gambling addiction is quite remarkable, and can be just as devastating. One interesting report that attests to the power of technology addiction is “The World Unplugged,” a global media study led by the International Center for Media and the Public Agenda (ICMPA), University of Maryland. As part of their conclusions, the report comments on how students in the study handled the lack of media (meaning electronic devices):

“Going without media during ‘The World Unplugged’ study made students more cognizant of the presence of media – both media’s benefits and their limitations. And perhaps what students became most cognizant of was their absolute inability to direct their lives without media.

The depths of the ‘addiction’ that students reported prompted some to confess that they had learned that they needed to curb their media habits. Most students doubted they would have much success, but they acknowledged that their reliance on media was to some degree self-imposed AND actually inhibited their ability to manage their lives as fully as they hoped – to make proactive rather than reactive choices about work and play.”

Like anything, if used in moderation, technology holds no ill-effects. However, we have turned it into an 24/7 extension of our lives and can no longer imagine living without these devices. Because it offers instant gratification, it has become a new form of pacifier which we scream for when it is taken away from us.

The “pushers” of this new drug, of course, are the entertainment and electronic industries who keep refining their technology and content, making it even more inticing with each new release. They truly understand the addictiveness of this drug and how to use it for their benefit, as do politicians.

Let me leave you with one last thought; Life doesn’t emulate art, it emulates technology. Think about it, are we becoming more robotic in our thinking? Is our imagination and creativity limited by our technology? Can we live 24 hours without such products? The subjects in “The World Unplugged” study had trouble living without them and exhibited genuine signs of withdrawal, and if you are honest with yourself, you’re hooked too. So, is technology an extension of us, or have we become an extension of our own technology? Either answer is unsettling.

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