Einstein said it first: “I fear the day…”

 

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Einstein’s quote:  “I fear the day when the technology overlaps with our humanity. The world will only have a generation of idiots.” speaks volumes concerning where we are today with respect to socialization and the effects that technology has on our everyday lives.  I spoke about this in a couple of previous posts concerning social media and cell phones having a “cone of silence”.

Take a look around you, perhaps these pictures will look familiar to your surroundings:

 

 

How do you respond: When the phone rings or you get a text and you are with another person, do you answer it?  Or is the person that actually is willing to spend time with you worth your undivided attention?

 

 

At the beach

social media at the beach

social media at the beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the cafe

Technology at the cafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the car with friends

technology in the car with friends

Technology in the car with friends

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the local coffee shop

Technology getting coffee

Technology getting coffee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On a date

Technology on a date

Technology on a date

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoying the museum

Technology at the museum

Technology at the museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the restaurant

Technology at the restaurant

Technology at the restaurant 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheering on the team

Technology cheering on the team

Technology cheering on the team

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Einstein said it first: “I fear the day…” — 5 Comments

  1. We are witnessing the dawn of the machine age – not the one envisioned by Eli Whitney in the 19th century, but the one that is just waiting with baited breath for the advent of the quantum computers. You know, these are the self-repairing, self-regenerating (read replicating) ones that, as a result of our need to “keep our babies safe” will be having us implant a micro chip in them at birth – so that we (they) know where the babies are at all times. Right . . . .

    These quantum computers will be driving our cars, getting our groceries, and all but wiping our asses for us – all of the time . . . . until, that is, THEY come to the realization that THEY do not need US any more. And, I think that you and I are young enough to witness the start of that happening now. The initial collective is forming. See below . . . .

    [The core question is this: at some moment in time the computers will not NEED us to do anything for or to them - nothing. Can YOU think of something they will need us for? In which case - let me know, please . . . . I would like to sleep better at night.]

  2. I doubt Einstein ever said that. The quote doesn’t pass the smell test. It sounds like an example of reverse plagiarism – making something up and then attributing it to someone famous in order to make it sound wise or prescient.