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.