We are all aware; the world today is technology-focused community. Ever since the immersion of industralisation, technology has been evolving at a rapid rate that we can’t even keep up to its demands. 21st century has been booming with innovative ideas like anything before, and so far the focus has been around the increase in technological ecosystems providing better user experiences in the form of apps and other interactive methods. This form of interactive process has effected mostly our younger generation, especially generation X (current generation), out smarting the older generations with their capability to understand and use any available technological device at their disposal today, simply put “the teacher has become the student”. Yes, brain plasticity is a major contributor to this impressive knowledge boost, but this high level of exposure has show how the influence of technology and there-off their progress can lead to an array of unimaginable possibilities. That being said there is the negative connotation of relying only on technology to solve simple life problems, a concerning matter and can’t be taken unlikely and need to looked into for better future living.
The Oxford dictionary defines Interaction as a reciprocal action or influence. In this sense to state the obvious we are moving away from the physical interaction with our loved ones to a simple tap on your slab or slate like device. We hear it everywhere “technology is evolving” and it’s being more versatile and transparent in its need to be effective and appealing to the users. “With the aid of sensory input and output devices, by the use of intelligent agent software and, most importantly pervasive network connectivity” (Wolfgang M, 1999) we are moving away from the organic matter that we are to cyborg centric era. An example of this change can been seen in plain sight by looking at Google, who has gone from a simply search engine to a billion dollar company creating, smartphones, autonomous vehicles, wearable augment reality glasses (Google Glass) and more impressively the Loon project, the internet air balloon in the sky (Loon Project). This idea of connectedness has helped to change the mind-set of the consumer, and in a sense forces them to adhere to technology as the source of everything and anything. As we move into this notion our focus has been diverted from the importance of using technology as a tool to aid our lifestyle and not as the lifestyle itself. In doing the lateral we are losing are own identity as human beings and merging as part of the system quite literally. History has shown us, in order for us to evolve we need to improve our knowledge but the reality is we are becoming less knowledgeable just like children of this generation is relying on technology to do the mundane activates in life.
We might argue, “there is less time to do things”, that might be so but if we change our mind-set of having the latest in technology and focused on more on the physical aspects of life, like visiting your loved ones rather than texting to them with an emoticon, human technology interaction would lead to a more stable future.
- Blair N 2012, Technology Integration for the new 21st century Learner, National Association of Elementary School Principals, viewed on 21 October 2014<http://www.naesp.org/principal-januaryfebruary-2012-technology/technology-integration-new-21st-century-learner>
- Oxford University Press, interaction, Webpage, viewed on 9 September 2014<http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/interaction>
- Wolfgang M, 1999, 21st Century Technologies: a future of promise, OECD Observer, viewed on 2014 <http://www.oecdobserver.org/news/archivestory.php/aid/48/21st_A0century_technologies:_a_future_of_promise.html
- Loon Project, Loon for all, viewed on 2014 <http://www.google.com/loon/>