I have talked to hundreds of people, and the feeling I get, most of all, is that people don’t trust technology. As an optimist, I have been wondering why that is. Here are my thoughts on why so many people are worried, and why I’m not.
We hear a lot about how disruptive it can be, how much damage people using it for criminal or destructive ends have caused. News of credit card data theft, Wikileaks divulging national secrets with a click of a button, and faceless hackers taking over computers scares people. Seeing technology used in the service of chaos and disruption has led to people being very suspicious. They don’t want to get themselves caught in the crossfire.
The great dream of technology is that it will bring us together. It can eliminate the physical distances that separate us, and bring the whole world within our reach. It is also a great equalizer, allowing everyone to have a voice and connect to the rest of the world. It is used for good every day, although you won’t see it in the headlines. The Red Cross raised over $22 million through text-message donations alone after the earthquake in Haiti. A soldier, stationed overseas, can talk face to face with their family. Someone going through a personal crisis can talk to a friend or loved one far away, and it helps them get through another day. This is what technology is supposed to be used for.
The world is also changing rapidly. Businesses and industries fall and rise, crushed or carried by this wave of technology. Technology seems like a giant, faceless mass, and we don’t really know what to do with it. That’s OK, we will learn. We’ll get through this together. We have to, if we want our future to be as bright as possible.
I decided to start this blog because I want to see our world change for the better. I can’t just sit and watch it happen. I have to be part of it, joining with others to help and guide our world.
What do you think of the current state of technology? What are your concerns and fears? What great things do you see technology being used for?