'Future Shock' is here, and we'd better get used to it

  • Article by: myles SPICER
  • Updated: January 15, 2014 - 6:20 PM

How should we react to the speed — and disruption — of today’s technological changes?

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wa0tdaJan. 15, 14 6:50 PM

I thought he same thing - It is difficult to do the kind of broad spectrum web development project, and one can expect problems. It is something to work through, not carp and throw insults over.

ciamanJan. 15, 14 6:55 PM

According to Mr. Spicer, we had better get with the new speed and shock rush. For me? I would say get off that insane track and forget it. Go far North in Minnesota for your annual vacation and go fishing and forget the computer. Watch birds and butterflies and watch the clouds. That is the only way to keep your own sanity. This new society will create more crazed people, more dangerous people and jobs that will elude people as they get older. The human mind is not made to catch information at the speed of light. If there is such a thing, it is for the young. And the young, of course, get older with each passing day. Use a new Kindle and read a book or two. Some people cannot even remember how to write or read any more. Instead of getting used to it, at the end of the work day just talk with your family and turn off the TV and read the paper. That is a much more happy system then what this writer asks for us to use it and like it. Not I and I hope most of you will see the same madness that is coming.

19jack48Jan. 15, 14 6:57 PM

great points. and; i think it was bill gates[?] that said modern society should get rid of bills and coins. so i asked him to keep at least a few 20$ bills in his wallet [just in case] if a major sun spot goofs up our entire internet system. his grocery store would still take gold, or, silver, or maybe US paper money. the new techno is not our problem. our problem is not that. LEARN? study? adjust ? move slower !

wiseoracleJan. 15, 14 7:47 PM

um, no, better *not* 'get used to it'. better to remedy the issues that arise. too many to delve into here.. but anyone in IT in the last 25 yrs could easily predicted outcomes like MnSure, Obama care, etc.,. The more complex the systems, the more mgmt wants to hire more, and more staff. (see mythical man month). Typically leading to more outsourcing (attempt to lower costs), resulting in greater coordination\communication issues; and so on... It really is a 'people' problem.. and can be dealt with - if we choose to do so.

michaelpatrickJan. 15, 14 8:36 PM

Wrong about Microsoft. they do not do endless, exhaustive testing of their programs, online services, and products to get all the problems identified and fixed before being made available top the public. That's Apple, or what Apple used to be like. Microsoft puts out products that are flawed so that they can use consumers who buy them as guinea pigs to do the testing for them rather than paying to do the testing themselves. Thus, they use customer complaints and problems as a major part of their product review process to identify bugs and problems that they need to fix. They exploit their customers in this way. Unfortunately, having become a near-monopoly as an operating system, they've gotten way with it for decades. This is well-recognized by experts in and watchdogs of their industry.

spicermJan. 15, 14 9:07 PM

Well Claman, I spent 25 years going to the Boundry Waters with my brothers...then my sons...then my nephews...and later my grandkids. So you are correct that you can "escape" some of the tech trauma we endure -- but you are wrong (or misled) if you think the condition we are in can or will be reversed. It won't. Indeed expect more of the same, and I am afraid there are few if any ways to avoid that REALITY. In fact, just walk into a Mall and you will find most people, and virtually all kids, with their noses into some phone, tablet, laptop, ...whatever. That is the world I -- and you -- live in I guess.

tituspulloJan. 15, 1410:57 PM

spicerm is spot on. We can all shake our heads and complain about how fast society has become, but longing for the "good old days" and hoping that technology will stop is pointless. The genie is out of the bottle and the only response is to continue developing along with it. Technology is a tool and we can still find ways to step away, albeit briefly, but it's not going away.

rlwr51Jan. 15, 1411:01 PM

The IT system where I work is definitely not better at keeping track of things than the "antiquated" paper file system. Technology is a tool, but it has become our ruler.

rlwr51Jan. 15, 1411:04 PM

As time goes on I don't think things ever get necessarily better, they just get different. For every gain there is a loss. When things happen quickly we don't have time to evolve into them. It will take a generation or so to get this sorted out.

rlwr51Jan. 15, 1411:11 PM

Marshall McLuhan's "The Medium is the Massage" comes to mind. In the book he called TV the cool fire, comparing it to when cavemen sitting around a fire. I can see how that has "evolved" into computer and iPhone screens.


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