ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Technology & The 5 Human Senses

Updated on June 11, 2013

Still needs a human to interpret the readings

It even sounds like a really bad name for a Motown group. Might even be a name for an iPod hooked up to a surround sound audio system, except the 5 speakers only involve hearing and feeling. You don't see, smell or taste the sound waves that they generate.

One can argue that we have made some great strides in using technology to enhance the 5 senses, especially in the area of sight. Telescopes, long distance lenses and optical scanning technology have made some major advances and the far-reaching distance that they provide goes well beyond the range of the human eye. We do make better and better sight enhancements like contact lenses, multi-focal glasses and even Lasik eye surgery.

What Kind of World is it if Machines Replaced Humans?

But in all technology, one element is still present. There is a human operator that ends up interpreting or manipulating the findings for use by other human beings. I can't see any way of replacing human beings and I wouldn't care to live in that world. Today's world is "cold and boring" enough with all the accountants, politicians and bottom-line businessmen out there. A so-called intelligent being is yet to be even remotely developed in the world of technology.

Dogs can hear sound that humans cannot but what would it matter if you developed audiology equipment to hear those ranges? We can't hear them. Maybe for veterinarians there would be a suitable application to test a dog's hearing. But how would you know if the dog actually heard that high frequency or it just wanted attention? We do make better and better hearing aids.

Can a Machine Detect Smell, Taste or Texture?

Has anybody developed anything that can detect the difference in smell of bacon being cooked over beef roasting? What about a device to tell whether the food item tastes bitter, sweet, sour, tart, salty, dry, wet, moist, etc? And what about the device that says this object is hard, soft, smooth, rough, sharp, dull, grainy, solid, hollow, etc?

So many of the senses are subjective and open to individuals own ideas of what they sense. So here is another technology that is yet to be discovered and that is individuality. You would need a lot of knobs, sliders, potentiometers, gauges and readouts to even begin to get close to what goes on in a human body in "sensing" anything. In all cases, the ultimate measure of how well any of these new technologies work is the individual human brain.

A Computer is Just a Calculator on Steroids

And there is one that technology has a long way to go to even begin considering it is past the diaper stage. The computer is really nothing more than a very efficient storage device and calculator. It is a very welcome addition since as you get older you are swamped with more and more information and need off-line storage to assist the over-stuffed pea that we have for a brain.

So the one thing I don't see coming along real well in technology is creativity, originality and ingenuity. Pretty much all technology depends on human beings deciding what it will do. So for my money, I look at technology as an assist for the human race and never as a replacement for anything human. So technology, just bring on the better tools and we will figure out what we will do with them. What would be original or genuine about artificial intelligence anyway?

The Internet is a pretty good example of technology in practice. Everyday, human beings are making it do stuff that the original designers never even thought would be possible. Technology discovers nothing on it's own. Human beings are the one's that do that task.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Jeff Calderon 

      7 years ago

      Excellent post. Loss of Hearing is sometimes a scary experience as a lot of our fellow humans experience hearing loss everyday. Thanks for your hard work.

    • PaperNotes profile image


      8 years ago

      I agree, no matter how technologically advanced the world becomes, humans still should and would remain the masters of these innovations.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)