When technology turns against us

My grandmother lived to be 99 years old. She was born in a tent in the middle of nowhere and lived to see the inventions of the car, electricity, the phone, the computer and so many other technological advances. I never thought I’d live long enough to see the world change as much as she did, but I think it’s already happened.

The home computer, the internet and the smartphone have changed the world immensely during my life this far. Technology dominates so many aspects of my day-to-day activities that I have to work hard to maintain human connections. It’s my goal to make the best of technology, but not to become addicted to it or let it makes decisions for me. There are many who do not measure their actions the same way. Lately, a quote from Albert Einstein has been popping up in social media:

“I fear the day technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.” Albert Einstein

Funny how he could put it into words before it even happened. Idiots, for sure, and criminals, too. In Orlando, a parking garage employee has admitted to using a skimmer device to steal credit card data. The woman was seen on camera stealing credit card information and later, using that data at a local Wal-Mart. Here’s a person with access to technology who chose to use that technology to commit a crime. Read the article here.

Technology is so powerful it saves us time, energy and money and connect us in ways we never thought possible. Technology makes all kinds of things possible including lots of illegal things. But the user is still in control. The user is makes the decision to be honest or dishonest; the user makes the decision to be polite or rude. Technology isn’t always used for good. That’s what people are for.

 

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