I was curious what others thought of the future and if they saw it the way I do. I had a chat with Andrew Trinh, 25 to see what he thought and surprisingly, it was quite similar. He is a technologically aware individual who is always up to date with all the new gadgets and systems. When I asked him if we are too reliant on technology his response was quite generic, a topic that we can all see but do nothing about.
His answer was yes, we are; our attention spans have significantly reduced where some can no longer multitask and babies know how to use smart phones and tablets now too. It is all too accessible, which isn’t all that bad but we are so reliant on technology, there is no effort to remember key dates, a friend’s birthday, or anyone’s phone numbers. The convenience of technology has defiantly become highly integrated into our life and experiences are not all that personal anymore. Trinh feels that Instead of trying to multitask, we are now taking a step back due to info overload and trying to improve our efficacy by doing things one at a time. He used twitter as an example, the 400 letter restriction has forced us to explain something in great detail, in few words and there is no depth to knowledge anymore. He is unsure where the future is headed and states it is a great thing that we now have so many resources however questions the day to day life of individuals and worried we are really taking a step forward and two steps back.
On another note, he does think we have also become more aware of our carbon footprint on society and particularly the Earth. It would be a world where we have to think positively long term in order to keep a healthy environment, society and Earth. He envisions the future to be clean and sterile but at the same time artificially green, quite like our alumni green behind building one at UTS.
Which leads to big cooperate leaders that are also seemingly artificial, so I think anyway. They are highly involved with giving back to the society now because that is where they will build their reputation whether or not they are genuine is another story.
One of his main and strongest viewpoints was that technology is opening a door that should be glued shut. Privacy. We don’t have it anymore or increasing it has been falling short. He mentions the discontinuation of the most anticipated release, the Google glass which is no surprise really. It had major privacy issues where it was constantly recording. He also referenced a TV serious called ‘Black Mirror’ where in one of the episodes, the people had a memory chip implanted where they can review their past… similar to the Adam Sandler movie, ‘Click’.
To sum up, he doesn’t believe there is an end goal to technology, it will keep growing and growing into infinity. He doesn’t know how privacy issues can improve but he is quite interested to know how can grow out of these habits or if at all.
-Stephanie and Andrew