Given my slowing evolving series on “Tech is Destroying Humanity,” I felt it necessary to provide a bit of explanation as to why I’m hatin’ on tech. Here goes.
Generally speaking, technology has always advanced civilization (e.g., the Bronze Age, the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, and so on). Consider the Industrial Revolution, a profoundly transformative time in both a technical sense and an environmental/social sense. Later, the development of transistors, communication technologies, construction techniques – these, and many others, were all “enablers;” they created opportunities, they reduced hardship, time, labor, and effort. The development of computing has had similar, and arguably more powerful, effects. Computers have replaced tremendous amounts of tedious human effort with CPU time – they have been programmed to take operations we have always done manually and do more of them, faster, and without error.
Fast-forward to now (2018) and think about what computing is doing these days. Yes, it is still an enabler , but it is now replacing not just effort, but thought – and that is why this tech is different. We are programming computers to become intelligent. To achieve cognition. To be our peers. Technology has become so advanced that the “machines” we develop aren’t just autonomously mechanical anymore, they are intelligent. Before, we replaced labor with technology. Now, we are replacing thought – the very underpinning that separates the human race from the rest of the animal kingdom. What’s more troubling is that we are blindly barreling down this path of obsolescing ourselves.
So, while technology is great, and I am a huge fan of it, I think we need to be very mindful of where we are evolving it to in today’s world.
 We are starting to move toward a technological state that enables one to experience life virtually, rather than for real. Why waste time travelling to Egypt to see and experience some of the greatest examples of ancient history when you can just lie on the couch with a VR rig and bag of chips.