Concentrated and sustained effort will be needed, because we aren’t born brave or courageous. We’re just bits and pieces of our better selves that will need some assembly. Countered by persuasion, like M&Ms in a gumball machine, they don’t quite fit and are mostly, out of place, but have a sweetness to them. The Internet of Things is like that.
Strange bedfellows, these toilet bowls that scan and lightbulbs that sense when we’ve entered a room. Mood altering and so appealing, catering to our basic needs. Anticipating exactly what we want, before we know what we want, after having spent a long day at the office. We walk into our Smarthomes, feet up and relax, we don’t have to lift a finger. Except maybe to swipe about it.
But the Digital Age will not be victimless. There will always be some who don’t like progress, who wish for the good ol’ days and the old way of doing a thing, like flying moldy flags and writing grocery lists. Still microwaves and ovens will communicate what ingredients have been used and make status changes.
Our refrigerators will communicate with the grocer’s computer, sharing its awareness of upcoming expiration dates and it’ll use virtual coupons, clipped for greater savings. And of course, it won’t forget the eggs.
There’ll be no last minute notes, scribbled to the shopping list to also buy mocha-fudge ice cream, because we shouldn’t and machines won’t let us cheat on our diet. Besides, the toilet scanner will snitch, it always sends its findings to a electronic health folder. Yes, the medical team stays informed and the life insurance company will be notified. So much for sneaking a second slice of birthday cake, it wasn’t covered, and Fitbits don’t lie!
The Internet of Things and their connections to healthcare, transportation and communication will become exceedingly efficient and independent. Machine to machine learning, talking to themselves about what we’re doing and how we’re doing it, so that we won’t have to do it ourselves, can improve lives.
Technology is sweet, like M&Ms placed in a gumball machine, innovative and appealing. Very much like the impact of the washing machine on society, as women were no longer tied to laundry.
It is a gift, a gift of time and so what will we do with it?
Will we move towards our better selves?
We aren’t born racist. We’re not born with prejudices. These aren’t evident at birth and aren’t naturally occurring traits. These are learnt behaviors, things that have been taught.
Fittingly, technology doesn’t care about your gender, or your sexual orientation. Technology doesn’t care what color you are, or your nationality, your age or your religion.
It’s all the more reason that we should be mindful that technology doesn’t overlook human needs, and policy must be put into place to protect us from us, our technology.
As we strive to improve life, it’s becoming increasingly clear that technology will afford us time and it will remind us that race and gender don’t matter; they never did…
We must do better.