- Luis Almeida
- Indiana, PA
- United States
Associate Professor of Communications Media, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
The idea that we can emulate the machine, without experiencing side effects, is dangerous.
The human brain wasn’t made to process large amounts of information continuously without rest. Our brains have limited capacities, will get tired, and break down overtime if we continue to abuse them. It isn’t rocket science or science fiction, it is plain common sense. The idea that we can emulate the machine, without experiencing side effects, is dangerous.
In reality, societies are already emulating the pace of living of the machine and setting societal norms based on computer behavior. We are using smartphones and iPads at the dinner table, tweeting about an emergency first before calling for help, and working not from 9-to-5 but from 9-to-forever.
We are constantly being bombarded by email alerts, facebook notifications, tweets, texts, etc and working during vacations and almost always well into the night. And we let that happen to us.
It is only after a total technology burn out from mental exhaustion and fatigue that folks will stop their computer-like neurotic behaviors.
The TEDx talk titled, "Breaking Free From technology" can be of value to this discussion.
This Hongkiat blog entry can also illuminate the idea.