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Making Waves

New Wave Of Tech


By Peter Jackson

We've been seeing a lot of television commercials lately from companies who say our lives will get better with continued technological development.

That's probably a no-brainer (pardon the pun), since technological advancement has always made life easier -- or not as difficult -- as it was before.

But in the past few years, there seems to be an extra push to tout the new developments we know are coming anyway -- only at a much-accelerated pace than even earlier this decade.

Among others we're seeing rapper and actor Common and actor Jeffrey Wright who plays the conflicted android Bernard on the HBO series "Westworld", as spokespeople of this coming wave of new-tech.

Their pitches are reminiscent of presentations of the past by Bill Gates and the late Steve Jobs, when they were pushing their new "gee-whiz" products.

Cars of the future may not fly, as we were told 21st-Century vehicles would do in predictions of the 1950s and '60s, but they're starting to do a lot of things we should continue to do ourselves.

We've got vehicles that can parallel park themselves, come to an emergency stop by themselves, and some high-end models are even "semi-autonomous".

My point is -- have we become so lazy and so inattentive to the things around us, and so entitled that we expect technology to do absolutely everything for us?

It seems like science fiction come true will become a subtle form of dictatorship, where future generations will answer to the needs of technology, instead of the other way around.

And that's what worries me.

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