you've seen it all before..

first.post.ever (crossing my fingers!)

 There are two videos on youtube.com that are slightly similar: “Future of Communication” and “Epic 2015”. Both showed the progression of technology based on how things are currently advancing. Personally, I felt much more of a connection to “Future of Communication”. I felt the information was very believable (and scary!)  while not being too tame. The video definitely took risks like stating that we’d all eventually be using programs like “Second Life” and that technology would be able to replicate our five senses.

As a self-proclaimed “bum”, I don’t exactly cringe at the thought of being able to live my life from my couch with just the touch of a button, but in actuality, I know it would be extremely detrimental to any society or culture. Humans need social interaction that doesn’t involve any kind of screen. They need to laugh in person with their friends, kiss their significant other, hug their parents, shake hands with their boss, pet their dog, etc. All of these things are important and can’t (well they probably can, but they shouldn’t) be replaced by technology. I don’t mind some people using SecondLife as an escape or just a way to live out things they wouldn’t normally do, but it can’t be your only life. It’s titled “SECOND Life” for a reason.

www.secondlife.com  <<check it out (but don’t get too hooked! haha)

here's a small look into what this is all about!

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5 responses

  1. kristyanne

    Hi emily,
    I think that the idea that human need social interaction is a really good point. even if second life came up with something that could somehow magically replicate our five senses it still doesn’t take away the need to actually see people and hang out with them!

    September 3, 2009 at 11:50 pm

  2. I completely agree with you. The ideas the videos brought up can be really detrimental our society. There will be no need social interaction, which means no need for like you said, laughing, kissing, hugging etc. The idea of living on a couch is not too great, but as a fellow bum it also seems kind of appealing.

    -Kaitlin

    September 4, 2009 at 12:57 am

  3. dmcostello

    I loved what you had to say! And I totally agree with you. Like I think technology is great and enjoy doing things like listening to my iPod, going on Facebook, and shopping online, but those things don’t beat just interacting in person. Technology has been pretty detrimental to our communication skills. Like the real face to face communication. People don’t even call anymore it’s only chatting or iming. Like I love all the advances in technology but like you said…it can’t be our only life.

    September 4, 2009 at 1:20 am

  4. Kim Starr

    Definitely made some good points! Such as experiencing life, which is obviouslyvital – not througha screen. Also, your statement about how the game “second life” is called “SECOND” for a reason is a good point because some people do not realize the important difference between real life, and a video game. Instead, they get wrapped up in a different world other than reality, and it all suddenly becomes normal, then how will the world be?

    September 4, 2009 at 6:44 am

  5. I definitly agree that both videos were really scary in regards to showing us how technology will progress. My blog says a lot of the same things that you mentioned; for instance, I also think it is very important for people to actually physically interact with one another rather than just using their computers. The most important life we have is the one on earth, not the one of the web.

    September 4, 2009 at 5:39 pm

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