Human Intelligence Vs Tech Intelligence : Who Wins?
The growth and advancement in technology surely will mark the entire achievement of this century. It is the greatest human achievement, against a combined total of all other achievements ever made. Such advancements have influenced human intellectual abilities by surpassing all other expectations, thus revolutionizing the way we think and innovating our ideas, becoming an industrial revolution on it's own right by creating new opportunities.
However, such an advancement in technology has not gone down very well to most critics and so called 'futurists', who constantly warn of a brewing catastrophe. Predictions have been made of how one day, only too soon, tech intelligence will surpass human intelligence. However, to many this is not a problem. Many would like to see how technology solves problems that we human can't. The problem arises in the unknown. Not knowing exactly how technology will react once it attains such power is the biggest fear most self proclaimed 'futurists' hold in their arguments.
Will technology be destructive? Will it finish off the human race once it sees us as a threat? We cannot answer such questions at this time. A simpler answer would be we have to wait and see. But such an answer will cause a stir among many who believe that this is a very risky suggestion that can simply signify the end of the human race.
The Real Answer
In my very honest opinion, although some may critisize this, is that technology won the war a long time ago. Yes, such statements may seem very pessimistic, but I have the best of intentions in stating such statements.
Technology slowly is consuming each one of us, doing this with no mercy at all, slithering it's way and cementing every footprint it makes. Technology has befriended us into thinking it is very harmless, typical of an enemy, thus stabbing us in the back when we least expect. We tend to think we are very smart, more intelligent than any other creature on the face of the earth, let alone what we created ourselves.
Look around. Technology is everywhere. It has already taken over our most important aspects in life, things like interaction, communication even to the most intimate of connections like dating and replacing it with social media and online dating. Technology is only beginning, taking over our jobs, livelihood and basic moral principles.
Technology is very fast(not slowly)while changing the society of the future, modelling the society in a way that we extremely depend on it and cannot live without it. Try to imagine when you did not depend on your smartphones for simply everything. Browsing (aka goggling), daily news updates , online dating and even playing games have become a daily necessity, making and receiving calls becoming the least. Smartphones have even crawled into our beds, keeping us awake late at night. Can you imagine a time when you didn't require your PC or laptop in order to do your publishing work?
When you look around, everyone seems to be glued to their smartphones and tablets. Technology has made us zombies of our own creations, breaking every barrier their is, or at least 'was'.
Technology is slowly killing our very moral principles, through Internet pornography and similar explicit content designed to encourage a moral decay, with devastating effects.
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What We Can Do About It
There is only so much we can do. For years we have allowed technology to establish a foundation in the deepest parts of our lives. Battling an enemy from withing is the hardest battle ever to undertake. It's only those who are courageous enough who can break this infinite loop that is fast forming.
Although many medical professionals and scientist constantly deny the fact that tech addiction is a real threat (let alone acknowledge it), the consequences of our overindulgence in technology has already started showing, and it will be too late before medical experts and scientists agree that technology has already taken its toll on most of us. So it's better to protect ourselves before its too late.
Creating boundaries on where and when technology should influence our lives is a sure start. Make sure you have the ultimate control. Analyze yourself to see if you are already a 'tech-zombie' and take practical measures to limit your exposure.
We cannot do away with technology, we still need it in our lives, and now we depend on it, but we can do much more than sit back and watch it take over. Lest's use the upper hand while we still have it, and like the other societies before us did, let 'we the people' and not our technology design it.