Monday, November 13, 2006

Technology changes the world

Google CEO Eric Schmidt said that he thinks that the future of technology includes free cell phones. More and more people are relying on wireless devices for news, information and communication.

Schmidt said Saturday that as mobile phones become more like handheld computers and consumers spend as much as eight to 10 hours a day talking, texting and using the Web on these devices, advertising becomes a viable form of subsidy.
I am excited to see where this technology is going to take us. There has been much speculation of what a "wearable" computer might be like. We are quickly making computers and technology part of ourselves. We are always connected, with cell phones, PDAs and iPods.

There are definite positive and negative results. We have so much information at our feature tips, and so many new tools to do things that were unimaginable not long ago. Yet, we need to learn how to control the technology instead of letting it control us. The first thing almost everyone does after a class at school is over is check their phones. I use a laptop in class to take notes (and, I admit, sometimes to blog and do other things). We cannot let technology replace the more important personal, face-to-face relationships we need as humans in order to survive. Technology is amazing, I love it, but we need to use it wisely.

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