As technology becomes more involved in our day to day life, we are evolving along with it too. The computer is becoming us and we’re becoming the computer more and more. Be ready to embrace the Ubertrend — the marriage of man and machine!
It’s sounds like a hype, but it is not. Consider this analogy. Like a PC, we “crash” When we get tired. Like a multi-core processor, We now multitask as a necessity. And because multitasking results in forgetting more, we need some sort of “memory protection” in terms of digital scheduler. If you could remember your basic text book lesson on how computer works from the school, these are three core attributes of the central processing unit or CPU, the “brains” of the computer.
Our society is being shaken up by digital lifestyle is evident. Here are the symptoms:
Declining teen driving – The teen drivers in the U.S. dropped from 87% in 1983 to 70% in 2010. Video games, Social media, and other innovative and expanding digital platforms are creating significant impact on the young demographics. distracted driving related accidents have increased to an alarming rate in the last five years.
Digital naturals – Millennium generation kids are called “Digital naturals” for nothing. They are more tech-savvy than any generation before. A study conducted by research firm Ofcom found that a six year old understand digital technology much better than adults. Also, 70% of kids aged 2 to 5 can operate a computer mouse or touchscreen interface, but only 10% can tie their own shoelaces!
FOMO phenomenon – Social media introduced a new trend – The fear of missing out, or “FOMO” – a major catalyst to drive Facebook’s 1.6 billion active users. A study found that the mobile Facebook users check their Facebook timeline as many as 15 times a day! Some District school boards in Ontario, Canada had to ban mobile devices during school hours to make students more focused into their study.
Commercial Robots – We have been hearing this for decades that ‘Robots are taking over’. They haven’t done so yet but inching on their virtual goal gradually. The commercial robot industry is now a $26 billion industry worldwide, and 1.8 million industrial robots are scheduled to hit the market in 2017. The home robot market is also projected to reach a peak level by the year 2020.
Photoshop changing the real world – We may not know how to use popular photo editing application Photoshop, but we all witnessed Photoshop blur effect on television, where it’s frequently used to edit out offensive and inappropriate materials. This is no surprise that the manipulation of real life data is now popularly known as “photo-shopping!”
No doubt digital revolution made our life a lot easier and improved the quality of life. However, if we become too much dependent on technology, the rise of the machines might enslave us in return. It is yet to see if digital lifestyle can maintain a sound balance between the man and the machine.