Friday, March 4, 2011

Technology makes me lazy

My last post was about laziness and it was after posting it that I started realising how laziness affects each and every aspect of my life. It makes me who I am and makes the way I am. Some may like it, some may not. In fact, it explains my infatuation for computers and programs. I had once read an interesting quote
World's best programmers are lazy
And programming being a skill I'd like to excel at, the lazier I get, the happier I feel. (Recently, a similar lazy attitude led me to write an elegant script that has been documented here ).

Technology and laziness go hand in hand, in fact as explained in the last post, its a cycle. Laziness inspires some technological breakthrough and the use of such things leads to a further lazy life. My friend, in his blog, explores how we are so depended on technology. He goes on to question the future of such a dependence, bring into light the biggest fears of mankind with respect to the technological boom, control by machines.

Many before us have pondered over this reaching a variety of conclusions. Some deduce that such a scenario would never arise, some make references to science-fiction movies like Matrix to show how it might not be just a possibility.

But are we not 'already' controlled by machines? Be it the alarm clock, the i-pod, the laptop, the air-conditioner, the motor-vehicles or the cell-phone. Right from the moment we get up to the moment we get back to sleep, we constantly interact with different forms of technology. Now the real question; can we live without them?

Imagine your life without any 'one' of the things that you own and value. Do you think it would be the same? So, aren't we already under the control of the 'army of gadgets'? If one thing breaks down, our life comes to a halt. Now, if we were to assume that the gadgets were little more intelligent, can't we conclude that they do it on purpose ? This reminds me of the Murphy's law
If anything can go wrong, it will
Coming back to the real scenario, it would be worth considering our dependence on technology around us.Imagine a day without your favourite tools and gadgets around you, and share with us how it would be?


  1. aaah....naaice....tahnks for that link to murphys law...
    # Murphy's Law of Research
    Enough research will tend to support whatever theory.
    # Research supports a specific theory depending on the amount of funds dedicated to it.
    i guess i ll get my theory published someday too...

  2. "it explains my infatuation for computers and programs.": I wish that that were false, but it's not. I had just explored the tip of the iceberg, but you've scoured it to the bottom, my friend.

  3. Very much true..I agree that the gadgets are becoming more and more part of our lives and we would be helpless without them. In fact, I just saw the movie The Day The Earth Stood Still[1951] in which there is an incident of a complete standstill because of global shutdown of electricity and all electrical gadgets stopped working for half an hour, even the telephones. Caused quite a commotion, it was a 'dramatic display' then.Its just mindboggling to imagine the repercussions such an event would have, if it happened in today's world.
    But I wouldnt think that the machines would gain control over the world though. There might be more robots than humans,sure, but we will still have to tell them what and how.
    The most important characteristics that make us humans, the emotions, feelings such as intuition, curiosity, sixth sense, creativity and such can only exist in humans. So..if anyone is worrying, dont. We still rock!
    P.S. :There is a remake of the movie, I din't watch it yet.
    P.P.S. Sorry if I rambled on incoherently side-tracked from whatever was in your mind. Nice reading the blog anyway :)