Good morning, it's raining.
I was having a chat with my friend, she was telling me about her friend who had been given one of those iphone thingys. The friends friend is in her late sixties and has not had one of these electronic gadgets before, and was reluctant to accept the gift. She did accept it to give it a try. The friends friend decided that it had some uses. She particularly liked the camera, and it gave her new ways to keep in touch with her family and friends, with messaging and something called facetiming, and suchlike.
My friend said her friend was pleased that she decided to keep it.
My friend said I might find one useful and suggested that I might consider getting one. How this conversation started was because Tesco has offered me a deal on a new iphone thingy. They know I have a cheapo Nokia which I only top up once in a blue moon because I only use it for texts and phone calls, and I don't want a contract. I feel a contract would be another noose around my neck, and another way to control me, and I don't want that to happen.
I know that this is the way technology is going because I see people glued to their screens, even kids on their short walk past my house to get the school bus. They have their earphones plugged in and are chatting away to their gadget. It worries me that people have the need to be communicating electronically every minute of the day.
I see people sitting on park benches caressing their gadgets. They walk around the town centre oblivious to what's going on around them because they are engrossed in conversation with a screen. Face to face chatting skills are being lost, it is no longer necessary to actually be in someone's company to communicate with them.
Look what happens when a new updated model comes out. Queues build up outside big shops, they need to feed their addiction. And an addiction it is. The world is rapidly moving on at an alarming pace, and to keep up you must be connected to the internet.
Big Tech are pushing forward with new technology. Artificial Intelligence is here already. There are robots programmed to do almost any job, and it won't be long before most humans become redundant. Not needed, on the scrap heap. Those that don't keep up will be of no use, and surplus to requirements.
There is good technology, and bad technology. In the wrong hands it can decimate the world. No need to go to war any more, no bombs needed, Just a few clicks of the mouse, flick a few switches, and there will be no power, no water, and no food. The rich will get richer and the poor will get poorer. This will be a journey that surges forward, and there will be no way to reverse it.
I won't be alive to see where all this is going, but I wonder how our children and grandchildren will fit into this new world.
I am not going to get a iphone thingy.
Thanks for popping in. Catch up soon. Toodle pip. ilona