Most people won’t talk about it, but technology isn’t very friendly. Ever notice, it never smiles?
There’s a teleological affect that’s inherent in our technology, as if being standoffish is ordained and necessary. That something so silly as a whirligig could become an airplane propeller is astounding, but it can’t smile.
We can. I smile, even when I’m not happy. Not because I’m rich, or that I’ve never known hunger, but for one very simple reason– to put another human-being at ease. So we might share.
A smile, it’s a whole conversation, without a word passing between us. No, it doesn’t mean we’re best buds, or I’ll invite you to move into my home. However it does lay the ground work, that there might be an extension of those amenities as a result of a wordless gesture.
It doesn’t matter that I don’t yet know which language you speak. We human-beings are versatile, we can learn and adapt. Especially when we think its worth our while, and sometimes it just makes sense. So we share information and resources for our survival. Our commonality expects it of us on the basest of levels, that being survival. Even before we begin the process of evaluating, vetting and analyzing true intentions; we smile.
Technology can’t, so we’ve given it Emojis. A cheap replacement for our feelings, facial expressions that convey our intentions. So, machines can pass along our warm-gushy feeling and treat us virtually the same. Hence, my cellphone has learnt my likes from yours, and it stands to reason, so has your cellphone. Likewise your smart device, being as smart as it is, is equally as smart as his; same make, same model and proper updates. 🙂
In fact, technology is so efficient, it could care less who’s using it, switching easily from one user level to the next, neither engaged or distracted by the lack of expertise. And that’s it!
The real magic of technology is it brings us together by the temporary blindness of our differences. It’s a skillset that human beings don’t naturally have, to be devoid of individualism isn’t our focus.
Sadly, distractions like hunger and thirst aren’t only intrusive, they’re necessary. So is the part about being irrational and divisive, filed under illogical. But technology has none of that, it has no use of religion, gender bias, race discrimination or politics.
The irony is we want more technology and we want it to be smarter. That regardless of human use, technology has intrinsic purpose and in order for it to perform, it must be allowed to flourish. And so it exists without smiling.
iSmile. iPhone and iWonder…
What if there was a detour, where humans stopped and became a little teleological, just like our technology.