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What’s next for innovation?

// Posted by on 03/03/2012 (11:25 PM)

This Wednesday, March 7th Apple will announce its’ new Ipad 3 and people are already guessing what the new features will include. As with any Apple upgrade a longer battery life, larger memory capacity, faster loading and better resolution are among the expected. But, since when has Apple been a company that does what people expect and leave it at that? While it may be considered more of a phone app there is talk that SIRI will be included in the Ipad 3. Which automatically brings up all the awesome albeit strange things SIRI is capable of take this for example.

Or if one asks SIRI where to hide a dead body it comes back with the locations of the nearest reservoirs, dumps, mines, and the like. How much fun was that to program?

Once more JCR Licklider is brought up in my mind as humans continue to innovate technology to better serve our needs, no matter how large or small the adjustments may be. It is no secret that with each new cool piece of technology humans attach themselves to it and become almost oblivious to the world around them but what does that mean for the future? This excerpt from Popular Mechanics Magazine’s article on 12 Ways the World Could Really End in 2012 has an interesting theory that evokes images of iRobot and the Terminator.

But one would certainly think that with sci-fi movies like that so apart of our culture that the creators of this technology would be doing everything they could to prevent “Judgement Day” as it were. It seems to be that a trend in my posts is developing where I have the urge to type something along the lines of we’ll just have to wait and see, meanwhile keeping a wary eye for that line Renee mentioned in one of her posts where it is simply too much.


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Molly said...

I think that Americans like to believe that the creators of new technology are doing everything they can to prevent this “Judgement Day” scenario. Personally, I don’t find myself thinking about why someone wants to innovate technology because I am too wrapped up in how they did it and why it could benefit users. I think the why is a big part of preventing a sci-fi movie situation because if there are concrete reasons behind new ideas, and those reasons have been weighed with the consequences, I feel comfortable buying and supporting the new technology. However, if I were to find out that an iPad 3 was created only because it was good for business, I wouldn’t feel that these innovators had humanity’s best interests in mind.

// 03/14/2012 at 10:56 am

Max Baird said...

I again revisited this post after today’s reading where Poster brought up his Matrix movie excerpt. The Councilor says the huge machine bay which houses the machines that are necessary to keep Zion, the human rebels city, alive: “Almost no one comes down here unless of course there’s a problem. That’s how it is with people: nobody cares how it works, as long as it works.” I believe this excerpt touches upon the actual real path that our own destruction could be brought about by technology (yes maybe even self aware T-800s): there’s a complacency about our use of technology. We don’t understand almost all the technology that we use, nay rely upon each and everyday. I drive a manual shift car, however my understanding of the exact way my transmission works is about as minute as my understanding of the way my iPhone can scan barcodes or identify a song with its microphone. We are ignorant of much more in the inter workings of our technology than we understand. Just as Renee and Allison posted about the technological capacity to spy upon normal citizens thorough their devices wireless function, don’t we feel that if the capacity is there, the government has harnessed it? Alright, I’m off to wear my tinfoil hat and read my conspiracy theory blogs…

// 03/20/2012 at 9:03 pm