My name is Trevor Beard. Since high school I have always wanted to become a broadcaster. I followed news, sports, government and current events since I was old enough to read. Growing up in the 80s and early 90s I just missed the Gen X and internet boom. I graduated in 1994 from a rural Southern Oregon community. There was no TV, or radio station within 30 miles and the only media in the area being a now defunct weekly newspaper.
Technology has already changed the world as we know it for good, whether it’s how you get to work in the morning, keep in touch with loved ones, or socialize. Experts are constantly reporting new information on the way developments in technology, like social media for example, are changing our brains. Experts have found that multitasking across multiple media platforms is resulting in measurable physical changes in the brain such as decreased grey matter in the anterior cingulate cortex. In layman’s terms, that means people who are checking multiple different medias in a short span of time are experiencing a decrease in their ability to perform cognitive control tasks (process information and adapt accordingly) as well as social and emotional difficulties. If something as recent as social media is having such a profound effect already, how deep do these changes really go?
The Apple iPhone 8 is truly an outstanding phone. Whether you're a fan of the unique colors it comes in such as Gold, Silver, and Space Gray or a fan of the phone's powerful specs with a A11 Bionic chip and ultra clear 12 mega pixel camera, it's no doubt why this phone is dominating the market.
Humans are social creatures. We are naturally predisposed to interact and empathize one with the other, and the ways we communicate are sophisticated and made perfect by centuries of practice. Over time, we have developed an increasing number of channels and technologies to boost the strength and reach of our messages, from signal fires and passenger pigeons to radio, television, and ultimately the Internet.
While robots have proven to perform various jobs, especially in the manufacturing industry, more efficiently than humans, those in the writing industry have had nothing to worry about. They knew their jobs weren't at risk. After all, computers cannot think, and hence, they cannot write. Moreover, their internet needs are well taken care of by pocket-friendly NBN plans.
I feel it is a duty and privilege to strongly caution my fellow human beings about the transhumanism movement that is growing more and more as we speak. This goes far beyond wondering about whether to buy the newest iPhone model. (When in doubt, go without.) We stand at a crossroads about what it means to be human, and we all have the responsibility to add our unique perspectives on this matter.
The invention of the internet, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth have enhanced our lives on-the-go and at home in ways that society could never have imagined 50, 25, or even 10 years ago. In fact, a single smartphone has more power than the computers that sent the first man to the moon.
When you think of power, what is it you're picturing? Armies? Politicians? Hordes of genetically modified scorpions intent on decimating the world's population so they can rule over the tasty, tasty ashes?