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Technologically Stupefied

April 6, 2012 by  

Technologically Stupefied
Google’s glasses would allow wearers to have Internet access in front of their eyes.

Some recent reports about Google’s impressive and ever-evolving technology make it seem like human beings are in danger of forgetting how to do some very basic tasks using their own brainpower.

The classical Greek philosopher Socrates is said to have had a disdain for writing, because he believed that it weakened the mind’s ability to process knowledge. This form of “technology” made the tradition of passing stories down through the generations orally unnecessary. What would Socrates think about our Google-reliant society?

The Internet has undoubtedly made many people more well-informed about the world around them, but the wealth of information at the fingertips has come at a price. A recent article by Slate describes how the autocomplete features on search engines are making people increasingly worse at spelling.  And pretty soon, the tech company will have perfected a similar feature for your word processer. Gone are the days of writers slumping over mechanical typewriters and thumbing through dictionaries; pretty soon they may only have to type the first three letters or so in every word.

It isn’t just human ability to spell that is being affected by technology. Google recently released a video that highlights a set of glasses with the capability to give users directions, snap photos, log their location, talk on the phone, video chat, text message and a number of other things. The glasses almost appear to take away any need for cognition while walking around: Remember having to know how to read a map, use a camera, dial a telephone number and ask a stranger for directions, among other basic tasks, without mobile Internet? The glasses are still in the development phase.

Here is the Google ad:

Google has also recently released details about a car that can be operated without a driver:

Technology has many uses, and has made modern life extremely convenient and easy. Preppers, however, are likely wary of the consequences of people becoming too reliant on technology because of the extreme fragility of the power grid. By using technology while it’s available by collecting information on websites like Personal Liberty Digest™ and also making sure they are able to do things that many people find archaic (read a map, use a compass, communicate via radio equipment), preppers can achieve a happy balance. With the grid down, Google’s map glasses and self-driving cars would likely become spare parts in a survival scenario.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Sirian

    People will go crazy if we are ever struck with an EMP. No power, no X-Boxes, cell phones, computers, fridges, freezers, TV’s, A/C & Heat, cars, planes, trains and especially – no radio, other than Ham. Technology is good – absolutely – but, as everything else, it has it’s limits too. People think preppers are nutty – fine. Those that bark the most will be the first in line to wither away to nothing. I enjoy my computer, very helpful indeed. But I at least hold tightly onto the the simple fact that correctly spelled words are much more importantly useful than the kids of the new generation. HA, Kids will have their own language within the next ten years. Both written and spoken. The CIA will be needed to translate it into an understandable format. . . :)

  • Just Me

    The whole idea of prepping is to reduce or eliminate dependency on anything. To be self reliant, but please make the distinction between dependant and cooperating.

    I will not be dependant on my local grocery store, power company, law enforcement, or any city services. Those that are can end up in a bad way.

    This is just another example of people acting like electricity and taking the path of least resistance, even if it leads to ground.

  • dan

    i’m hacking into their GPS and sending them for a long walk off a short pier….

    …of course the morons will probably float,sigh

  • Automitom

    This car is run by a computer,nothing can go wrong,go wrong, go,wrong go wrong….

    • Sirian

      LOL!!! That’s a good one Automitom. . . LOL!!!

  • mark

    Well the country just got a little fatter.

  • Jerry

    Oh, GREAT!
    Not only will we have these MORONS texting while driving, but soon we’ll have IDIOTS trying to drive and use their computer glasses!
    Even the driver less car won’t have a chance, with the newest influx of STUPID PEOPLE that don’t have the self-control to just drive!

  • C.W.A.

    I am constantly aggravated by WORD when I try to type something and the programmed “rules” decide that I am wrong. The program changes what I have typed, and I have to spend precious minutes trying to force it to accept what I want. I have to go through dozens of selections looking for the pre-selected option that I must turn off. I absolutely hate Microsoft and all the morons who do the programming.

    I have heard supposedly intelligent people declare that we should not be forcing children to learn to read and write or waste time learning math because computers can do all of it for us. What a shame if hundreds of years of accumulated knowledge is lost because of that stupid idea.

    • Suncoast

      Did you know that the Private School in Silicone Valley in California does not allow any…ANY computers, iPads, iPhones or electronic calculators to be used? The people who are really smart and develop all of this electronic stuff KNOW that their kids, to succeed in later life, need to be able to do math and other basic knowledge skills in their heads. Of course, these same people are telling Public schools that every child needs all of this electronic stuff just to survive. Dumb down the kids and improve the bottom line of your company at taxpayer expense.

  • s c

    People, while you’re thinking about the downside of not being ‘technologically fluent,’ you might as well think about the mental state of the pathetic SOBs and DOBs in Washington who refuse to READ the legislation they pass. Because of what is involved back there [devolved, inferior con artists], you might as well assume that they have OTHER PEOPLE read the things THEY’RE supposed to read.
    Beyond that, you might as well conclude that they’re being told what to do (support this, fight that) by the puppet masters who control the schmucks and schmuckettes we send to Washington.
    Why the flying ____ do we PAY them? WHAT is it that they actually DO back there? Do their staffs do all of their work for them? Should their staffs be fired when they lose an election or retire? Frankly, I wouldn’t trust a typical elected retard to answer the phone, let alone take care of Amerika.
    You give them way too much benefit of the doubt. They are NOT worth it.

  • Rick in MN (USAF/ret)

    My concern about these “glasses” they’re touting is what will it do for the perverts, stalkers, and pedophiles out there. What about enabling more crime. Think about it, some pervert is sitting across the street from some playground filled with kids filming them and those who are with them. They can video the parent’s license plate number and, if they are savvy enough, get all the information they could possibly need about someone. Same for stalkers. What if you’re using an ATM and someone several feet away has a pair of these glasses and is able to see what you punch in for a pin number? Next thing you know, you become a target for a mugging or robbery to get your ATM card. I don’t know, I used to think technology was great but in the last several years I am becoming more and more skeptical of it all. Just call me paranoid I guess….

  • GiveMeLiberty

    Technology has been great and advanced humanity for the greater good in countless ways. However, I draw the line at integrating that technology with the biological body. I will continue to interact with it but not integrate with it and teach my children the same.

    I welcome these advances in most aspects but NOT when I have to hand over my SENSES…no thank you!


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