by KJ Howe
I've been reading lately about technology--robots, the future of the internet, smart appliances, and more. The advances are fascinating, and they may add to our lives. Who wouldn't want to have a friendly robot who vacuums and does housework? Wouldn't it be great to preheat your oven from work, so you're all set to cook dinner when you arrive home? These are the wonderful pros of technology, designing items to make life easier for us.
But what about the cons of technology? The fact that our cars can't be fixed by the corner mechanic because of all the computerization, that kids spend less time outdoors being physically active because of the TV, video games, and social networking on the computer, that if we lose power, we can't do many of our daily tasks, that you can be reached wherever you go if you bring along your smartphone.
I'd love to hear how you feel about technology and its impact on your life. Do you love it or do you long for simpler days? If you could un-invent one item, what would it be? Is there a gizmo you can't live without? Please share your thoughts about technology. The topic fascinates me!