Wearable computing, Smart Computing or the many names it is known by, gadgets are getting closer to our everyday life than they ever were. The smartphone has already created a buzz all around the globe. Imagining life without smartphones is currently impossible for most of us. But has it really made us smart? Well, I tend to disagree. I don’t remember my friends telephone numbers anymore, I don’t remember when was the last time I read the editorial of a newspaper, talked to my neighbours or friends by meeting them and the list goes on. They say that these things make the world feel smaller but ironically, they take you away from reality.
Beautiful 1080p HD screens make everything look life like, but ever wondered where those beautiful wallpapers that your device has are shot? We are all part of this bandwagon where we let the tech companies or geeks decide what the future might look like. Why does the future have to be like Minority Report or some Stephen Spielberg movie? Can the future not be like what William Wordsworth described for it to be? Believe me I am big fan of Smartphones and gadgets like glass but I feel it is making people dumb. Asking Siri what the weather is like rather than just looking outside the window is pure laziness and indifference that we have gotten accustomed to.
What is the way out? There isn’t any. Smartphones and wearable computing is probably inevitable now. All we can do is to control our use of such things. Try not to use them for every little thing. Try to value face to face meetings rather than hangouts or video conferences. Watching a game in the stadium is no where compared to watching it online. Being offline for a few hours a day is good and asking Siri to multiply 2 by 5 is probably not the best idea 🙂
We don’t want to turn the safety net into a hammock that lulls able-bodied people into complacency and dependence.