We often hear about the wonders of technology in terms of how it will improve our lives. But, we also know there is a dark side.
We are well aware how "game changing" technologies eradicate entire industries in the blink of an eye and displace lots of people. The pace of change appears to be accelerating, thus increasing the volatility in our lives.
As knowledge becomes more tangled and complex, we outsource our understanding to artificial intelligence and algorithms - to Google and Big Data - because there is little hope of a single individual grasping it all at once. Unfortunately, this means that we may never understand why the algorithm works, what the underlying cause and effect is. Instead, we trust in the machine.
Ironically, in the "Age of the Individual" we find ourselves becoming more insignificant when our opinions are measured against the wisdom of the crowd. Friendships have become more about social networking than about intimacy. With a myriad of tools at our disposal, we have traded insight for expediency. We have less free-time than we used to. Multi-tasking is more valued than concentration and it seems that many things in life have become more superficial as a consequence. When was the last time you were really able to think about something deeply over a long period of time? It seems that some of the greatest historical minds had a lot more time on their hands.
In a rush to succeed, accomplish more - be all that we can be - we seem to have become less relevant to those around us. Ultimately, technology is helping us to become insignificant. The real danger in this is that humanity, itself, could become a casualty.
In this Short Story Jam, we want to explore what dangers exciting new technologies might pose to our own humanity and sense of self.
What if technology makes us disposable?
The more humanity advances, the more it is degraded
The more we rely upon technology, the less we rely upon one another - diminishing our individual significance