Poch Peralta

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Has Technology Changed Who We Are (Our Essence)? If so, how?

Transforming Humans via Technology
What does Technology reveal about human essence?
Do you think the argument that Tech hasn't changed us 'because we’ve always been this way' is valid?

'The art of conversation is almost a lost one. People talk as they ride bicycles — at a rush — without pausing to consider their surroundings…What has been generally understood as cultured society is rapidly deteriorating into basebsss and voluntary ignorance. The profession of letters is so little understood, and so far from being seriously appreciated, that…Newspapers are full, not of thoughtful honestly expressed public opinion on the affairs of the nation, but of vapid personalities interesting to none save gossips and busy bodies...'
-Marie Corelli, Free Opinions, Freely Expressed, 1905
http://www.buzzfeed.com/charliewarzel/proof-that-technology-hasnt-changed-who-we-are

  • Dec 7 2013: Personally, I don't think technology really changes people so much as it amplifies a person's traits. People use technology to engage in activities and pursuits they already care about. How a person uses technology tells us a lot about them.
    If a person is addicted to their phone, that tells us a lot about that person. But not everyone is. I have a smartphone. I enjoy it. However, I also volunteer to work in a local National Park where I'm without TV, Radio, cell service for the entire day. I vacation in similar places where I may be "off the grid" for days at a time. I survive fine. I don't miss it while I'm "out there". It's nice to get off the grid honestly. And I know plenty of people who do the same thing all the time.
    Here's an example, my colleague and I have the EXACT same phone (the exact same piece of technology). She answers every text, every phone call, every facebook message ALL day, EVERY day. Even when we go for a walk. I leave my phone at my desk. I send all my calls to voicemail, and I only answer texts when I have a moment to do so. If technology directed behavior, she and I would act the same way - but we don't. Technology isn't changing people. How people use technology, is just indicative of the type of person they are.
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      Dec 7 2013: 'Technology isn't changing people. How people use technology
      is just indicative of the type of person they are.'

      I'm glad you're one of the rare wise netizens who aren't controlled
      by tech Sarah. As I've always said, we either control tech or tech
      will control us. Thanks.
  • Dec 6 2013: We have definitely been changed by technology. We often plan our day or run our lives through technology. The argument that technology hasn't changed us because we've always been this way is completely invalid. At what time in human history before the last 10 or 15 years had people been so dependent on a single material possession that was not necessary for survival. For example, as people are buried into their phones, they are lost without it. They cant function without it. That has never been true about anything before these technological advances that allowed individuals to carry around a handheld computer. For goodness sake, most teenagers text their friends to let them know they are at their house rather than just ring the doorbell.
    This ability to bury ourselves into a device and escape reality for a time has changed many peoples personalities in a negative way. These people care less and less about others and more and more about what comes up on a little screen.
    Also, impatience has arisen from this. The instant gratification provided by devices such as computers, phones, and other technologies has made us this way. The impatience then leads to frustration and frustration leads to arrogance. And this hasn't always happened. This trend will continue and I don't honestly think there is a way to stop it.
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      Dec 7 2013: 'For goodness sake, most teenagers text their friends to let them know they are at their house rather than just ring the doorbell.
      This ability to bury ourselves into a device and escape reality for a time has changed many peoples personalities in a negative way. These people care less and less about others and more and more about what comes up on a little screen.
      Also, impatience has arisen from this.'

      lol Very strong argument and keen illustration Kegan. Maybe 'anxiety' is the better word
      for 'impatience'. We lost peace of mind and we should heed techies who warn about info overload.
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    Dec 7 2013: Technology is a facet in the revelation of the human being. It does not change who we are.
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      Dec 7 2013: 'Technology is a facet in the revelation of the human being.'

      That would be a very interesting topic for discussion. As of
      now, the only thing I find that tech reveals about our essence
      are biological and medical 'secrets'. Because of that, tech
      could be somewhat revealing something about us.

      From your sensible theory (thanks for that), I formulated a new question:
      What does Technology reveal about human essence?
      I will add that to my submitted convo.
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        Dec 7 2013: I'm also curious about this: Does technology in itself reveal anything about the human essence?
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          Dec 7 2013: I believe you can give an answer to that Feyi and
          I'm interested.
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        Dec 7 2013: Technology reveals the human desire for solutions, change for better, and control. It doesn't, in itself, answer questions of living and purpose.
        Perception on technology would depend on the attitude of the perceptive mind. And perception doesnt always mean 'Truth'.
  • Dec 7 2013: I think sharing is good and now you can share with the whole world, what a blessing. I think the devices need vast improvement. We went from 9" televisions to giant screens in high definition. Now we took a giant leap backwards are looking at tiny screens again. I submitted a proposal about 14 years ago to six billionaires I thought could pull it off and so far none has but it is coming. Computing will change to simple transmission instead of a device that does everything. All the computing, storage and software will be done in a few Giant data centers. All we need is an account to keep track of our use and a very small device like a bluetooth connection. Building peripherals will be much easier, smaller and displays any size we choose from a few inches to the side of a building.
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      Dec 7 2013: 'I think the devices need vast improvement.
      We went from 9" televisions to giant screens in high definition.
      Now we took a giant leap backwards are looking at tiny screens again.'

      Still our present devices need vast improvement?! Well, considering your
      expertise as a techie, I don't doubt your predictions Keith. Let me ask
      you: Is it possible to analyze links, put them in your own database,
      build millions of user-generated links, grab images, then use algorithms
      to compress them?
      • Dec 7 2013: About your question which is really several questions.
        q) Is it possible to analyze links. a) it is possible to analyze anything
        q) put them in your own database a) yes
        q) build millions of user-generated links a) yes but they will only work if the link is valid, the structure has to exist on a server somewhere for them to work
        q) grab images a) yes
        q) use algorithms to compress them a) yes

        By the way do you have any evidence of the conspiracy about Jobs you talked about or are you fishing, like the question above? If you want to go hunting with me you will have to shoot straight.
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          Dec 7 2013: Sorry Keith. The 'conspiracy' about jobs was just retrospective
          speculation and I wasn't fishing lol. What I really had in mind
          was the article that says Jobs worked for a secret project of
          the Feds.

          I was dubious about asking my question(s) because you might
          think I'm planning something sinister. I assure I don't. I just read
          about it from a fic story and got curious. If I want to hunt with you,
          I will shoot straight and ask you privately. Thanks again sir for taking
          time with me.
      • Dec 7 2013: I think what they were talking about was George H.W. Bush's Export Council. Steve did serve on the council for Bush and he was granted "top Secret" clearance.

        You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours.
        Have you ever noticed that corporations that start making a pile of money always get a knock on the door from the feds. The lawyers spar for awhile, a large amount of cash exchanges hands, and then all there problems go away as mystically as they appeared?
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          Dec 7 2013: I thought it was earlier than the Bush admin.

          lol I always notice sir. I'm a crime writer who always
          do research on crimes and an activist to boot.
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    Dec 7 2013: 'Perception on technology would depend on the attitude
    of the perceptive mind. And perception doesnt always mean 'Truth'.'

    Spoken like a philosopher! And I think you are one Feyi. Yes. If the
    one perceiving is biased, whatever he perceives is dubious. And whatever
    one perceives even if the person's attitude is 'right' doesn't guarantee his/
    her perception is correct.
  • Dec 7 2013: Poch,

    Technology always changes society/people/people interactions. If you go back to the typewriter, it was considered non business like to send a typed letter. The telegraph, the continental railroad, the telephone, television, etc. all affected society and changed how we live, communicate and created words.
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      Dec 7 2013: Yes Wayne. It's hard to imagine that tech has not affected
      human essence considering all the tech innovations that comes faster and faster.