TECH OVER FAMILY TIME: IS OUR MOBILE DEVICES RUINING OUR FAMILY BONDS

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“Is your life overtaken by your technology?”


Have you ever been at a restaurant and seen families in today’s society? The mother holding her cell phone, the father is holding his, the children are on their iPads; even infants have been known to play around with their own mobile devices. Yet whenever their child takes on negative behavior, they always want to blame it on someone or something else. For example, my kids are the way they are because of the video games. Yet they have to play the video games because their parents refuse to communicate with them. So now they take on characteristics of whatever it is that has their attention. Whether it’s the video games or their social media accounts.

Well why, why are so many young people forced to connect to their social media profiles as a means to connect to people. For starters, this is not the days where parents can always be there for their kids. The cost of living has caused so many to work more, meaning a bigger generation of latch key kids. So a lot of parents are unaware at times as to what their children are doing on a daily basis. Who is to watch after them and who are they to converse with after school. Well, they are going to gravitate to the next best thing which is vagueness. And that’s what excessive use of social media really is; a vague sense of connections to people.

But is it all technology and no parenting? Parents have a hand in how their children turn out as well. Yes, they have to work, but their yours. It’s not the social media, athletes, or entertainers job to raise your children. You must be willing to put in the time to care for them. Because all the people you expect to care for your children have families of their own. You have to be an advocate for your children. You are the one that brought them into this world, so it really isn’t anyone else’s job to raise your children except you. So what’s with trying to always shift the blame elsewhere. Or, and there is an or; maybe for a second, some of it might be the entertainment.

Let’s look at entertainment for a moment. Our entertainment has found its way into our daily lives that now young kids are begging for fame even if comes at the cost of them looking like fools. From Instagram to World Star Hip Hop, entertainment outlets have been designed for connecting people are now used for negativity. So naturally kids gravitate to this, especially when they see people becoming famous or even the slightest bit of notoriety from bad behavior. See, in the end, there are a culmination of issues from children having too much tech and not enough family time. But technology is not slowing down, neither is parents inability to be around. So, this is the beginning, it may get worse, or technology can be used to connect if utilized appropriately.

HUMANOID: THE MORALE OF INTRODUCING US INTO MACHINES

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“What’s good now may not be later.”

For decades people have theorized what the future could potentially look like with robots incorporated into our society. And when I say robotics, I’m talking machinery for production of goods. I’m talking about putting human qualities into robots. Giving them human thoughts and feelings that make them react like us. It sounds interesting if you’re a tech type of person. But are there any drawbacks to having robots perform with human like abilities? In my opinion there are both positives and negatives with making human robotics to benefit us in society. They would be useful in the workforce, military, and even in education.

There uses in the workforce could be beneficial for making the job more productive and efficient. An engineer would be needed for the overseeing of the robot, but the robot could perform for hours without needing a break. The down time that a normal person would need is unnecessary to complete a task. For example, if we relied on the robots for construction, projects would complete the job quicker and cost effective. Now initially it would cost a lot to build humanoid robots, but as time went on, the price would drop. Now, my next question is, are there any downsides that come with incorporating human robots into the workforce.

The downside is that it would render so many people in our society obsolete. What’s the purpose of hiring a person, when robots would work for free. They are more productive, but once they complete the project, who would patronize the goods and services. If they have the jobs, what’s the use of people spending. There would be this animosity from the masses, who are feeling threatened by losing out to robots. Another issue with the workforce is too many people specializing in robotics and not enough of other professions causing an imbalance in the career pursuits. Which leads into my next viewpoint. What would happen with education?

The upside to education is that students would become more engaged in the classroom. The teacher would have an assistant that could assist him/her in everything from class lectures to grading coursework. The job of an educator would be less of a burden. Another upside is that duties around the school campus would be perform in more of a timely fashion. These could be duties that range from maintenance to constructional. Now in my opinion as with any good comes the downside of using robots for this type of assistance.

The negatives associated with using robots in education is once again, the employment aspects. If the students are more engaged with the robot than the teacher, the educator becomes replaced. Because why have a teacher when you have the machine for free. You could program the robot to teach and let students answer questions. In addition to the teachers, the robots performing task around the school could see more people lose their jobs. But is education and the workforce of benefit or burden. Well how about our armed forces. Imagine the military using robots.

In regards to the military using robots, the obvious upside is, decrease in casualties. Countries could use bots to fight instead of people. The human cost to society would lesson, considering we’re using machines, the death tolls would lessen. On the other hand, using military capability in robots could backfire. They could ultimately turn on the masses and we could become under siege. Also, mechanics could become faulty causing even more people dying. In the end, there are ups and downs with incorporating robots into society. Do I think we’re ready anytime soon, no. But when we do, we must be prepared to deal with any negative externalities that come with using the bots.

HUMAN DINOSAURS: WHY AMERICANS CAN’T FIND WORK

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“Where’s the work?”

Manufacturing in the United States of America has been the backbone of our country for over 100 years. Michigan for example, was king with multiple cities booming because of the manufacturing of vehicles. But in the recent years , there is an aging demographic who are still old enough to work in factories. There is also a young generation hoping to get in the door the same as their parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents. On the other hand, we are entering a new era of progress. So the young as well as the aging demographic will need to come into this new era. It’s tough because they are so resistant to change.

Well why, why not change and roll with the punches? For starters you have an unskilled and uneducated group of people that are not able to jump on board. America must get into this new industry of technological innovation through app creation, hardware, software, and all around mechanics. But taking on something this advanced is quite intimidating. Especially for those who are used to repetitive factory work. You get one task and do that hours each day. You might get rotated so you don’t become too stuck in knowing one aspect of the factory. But come on people, this is a new age.

I guess this is the same reason why President Elect Donald J. Trump is such an attractive candidate. His promises to bring back manufacturing jobs and remove what is perceived to be illegal immigrants in the way of that progress. Now if I were a betting man I would say most likely little to no jobs are coming back. American corporations can’t compete with the market if they do. And technology is moving at such a scale, humans used as manufacturing labor is an archaic form of production. No one cares if you can stand at a machine or use a drill. Why pay you $30 per hour when we can pay $3 per hour in Mexico.

So in society we have a lot of fears. But when you’re a person in the know, or willing to put yourself in the know, you can elevate. These types of individuals aren’t worried about Trump being president. They’re going to be fine because they are some of the most resourceful citizens in this country. And that’s my theory on the United States job market. We don’t have a lack of jobs problem in this country. America has a qualification problem. We have plenty of opportunities out here to make money. It’s just the people who need them are not qualified. Imagine walking outside everyday seeing the streets paved in gold. Yet you can’t grab even the smallest of piece because you don’t have the tools to pluck gold from the ground.

In the end, my theory is that instead of bringing back factory jobs, we should be training. Training people in this new tech era. Manufacturing is for machines not people. The man or woman who can use their hands to work are becoming dinosaurs. There is just too much money to be made from not bringing back manufacturing in America. The way I see it, you have to take some night classes, get on the internet and play around, do something. Do something to figure out this new thing because it is our future. And if you can’t compete, you’ll be left behind.

TYPE SOCIETY: Technological Advancement Effects on the World

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“Is it all good ?”

We are still not even a Type 1 civilization on earth. As long as humans occupied this planet we are nowhere near that type. You may ask yourselves, “What exactly is a type civilization?” Well the type civilizations comes from the Kardashev scale that is used to gauge a civilization’s technological advancement due to the energy used for communications. Right now in our civilization, we sit at roughly .78. Now the humans species scientifically has been calculated at around 250,000 years or more. Large amount of time to be in a place and only be .78.

What keeps us from further progressing on to at least one or maybe even a two someday? There are a few reasons as to way starting with capabilities. The capabilities of man is not there yet. But we are moving very fast especially when looking over the past few decades. From the 1960’s when man was put on the moon, up until now. Prior to the moon landing, very little has been accomplished on that level. We’ve had flight, the light bulb, and telephones, but landing on the moon is a tough act to follow. So time continues to tick, as we look for the next technological advancement or expedition. What else stands in the way, well a lot social concerns.

One of the other issues is religious. Fundamental religious beliefs will hinder so much advancement over time. Well why, why is religion a enemy of technology? It’s a hindrance because people believe a higher power created everything. And if humans are able to harness the energy on earth to control what the bible says is impossible, then it makes religions seem futile. Of course it would still serves as moral and ethical a template in how to live your life, but it would eliminate any existence of you being created by a divine deity. And since people can’t deal with the fact that this is it, and this is all they have to look forward to, they’d reject so much advancement. It’s not that technology aims to destroy religion, it’s just that society changes and religion remains constant rendering religion irrelevant.

What other social constraint is placed on advancement? Well, that would fall under sociopolitical issues. Depending on what political party is in control in whatever country, there is this push pull tug of war. Let’s say in the United States for example. There is a break through technologically, but Democrats and Republicans disagree. Not on it being of use to humanity, but which party will be in control once it’s launched. That party could potentially take some sort of responsibility for it coming to market once approval is given.

Another hindrance of moving from type civilization to type civilization would be the access to capital. Well, whose in environments with limited access? That would be third world countries. Meaning economics is another reason why technology lags and progression becomes stagnant. With all that has been said so far, what does a Type 1,2,3,4, and 5 look like. Well we are closer already to the type 1 civilization which is a planetary community. But in addition to this community, it would mean controlling certain aspects of earth: the weather or even natural disasters. What if we reach one, then what would two look like on earth?

A type 2 would mean something on a much higher level. The level of manipulating stars of our planet. Let’s say some object was making it’s way to earth. In today’s society it would mean total extension if big enough. But if we were a type Image result for type 2 civilization2, then we could manipulate other planets by placing them in the path, deflecting the object. Or we could use the energy we are able to harness to evaporate the object. Better yet, we would even have the ability to move our planet out of the way of the object. But, if you think that’s
impressive, what about type 3.

You mean there’s another level, yeah. Type 3 is even more advanced, hard to believe we could ever reach this level. But if by some miracle we do reach this level what can we accomplish? We wouldImage result for type 3 civilization be considered the master race of people. We could also stretch across galaxies meaning moving faster than the speed of light. In addition meaning we could teleport, which is only theoretical in society today.

But then there is another level up. The next level up is the type 4 civilization. Which in my opinion is not going to happen most likly ever. If it took us 250,000 years to get here, you can forget about it. Image result for type 4 civilizationThis is the level at which man could control the energy in our entire universe. Hahahaha! It’s laughable because we only harness 20 billionths of the sun’s energy, must less the energy of the universe. But guess what, there is still one more level to advancement. And that is the type 5!

Type 5 is the highest level. Type 4 is controlling the energy of the universe. So what can be more impressive than controlling all the energy of the universe as well as moving at the speed of light. This basically means defining all laws of physics. This level Image result for GODSwould make us GODS! But some would say, gods can control weather, natural disasters, manipulate objects in space, and control universal energy. No no, we’re talking creating a whole new universe, with planets, species, the bang.

But is there any real reason to reach these levels. I mean, people want to inevitably figure out how to exist on this planet. If we could find a way to feed every human on earth, we really don’t even need a reason for Type 3 – 5. But as long as there are all these social, political, and religious concerns present, reaching type 1 is still difficult.