Is Technology Exceeding Humanity?
On the contrary, there are lots of examples of technology that have unleashed our humanity. For example, members of the social network site, Reddit, raised $65,000 in less than 24 hours to protect the children and staff at the Faraja Orphanange in Nairobi from machete-wielding thugs.
Technology and the internet are part of nearly everybody’s lives today…not just members of the Millennial generation, nearly 95 percent of whom are Internet proficient.
Seventy-eight percent of U.S. adults — some 245 million of them — currently use the Internet; and that number is expected to grow. Last February, President Obama called for a National Wireless Initiative to make high-speed wireless services available to at least 98 percent of Americans. If he succeeds, it would mean that more Americans have internet access than own an electric coffee maker.
I would contend that as we increasingly become an extension of technology, the human connection becomes more — not less — important. We must not succumb to the lure of the PDA and mistakenly substitute that for the human-to-human relationship.
When it comes to certain technologies — for example, the development of new tools for warfare — Einstein was absolutely correct when he said, “Our technology has exceeded our humanity.” On the other hand, I hope it never becomes true in the case of communications technologies. If so, we will truly have lost a great opportunity for humankind … and our business.