Will the “smart” future make us dumb? Part I

The future belongs to “smart” technology. “Smart” could be understood as a tech phenomenon of high interactivity between man and machine. Gadgets can be programmed with advance technology to understand and predict human behavior and act accordingly. A smart phone can detect your face movement and can temporarily stop playing a video when you move your head away to see a flying bird in the sky! Once you look back at the screen, it starts playing the video again. How smart!

Coming up next are smart homes that would detect your health parameters and automatically adjust humidity, temperature, lighting and even wall colors to suit your mood. Smart shoes will send you an alert when it is about to buy a new pairs because of its wear and tear (already patented by Apple). Then you get into your smart car that will take you to your favorite restaurant using Google Maps in its memory, aided by computers, cameras and sensors. Sorry for failing to mention that smart cars don’t need drivers, they drive themselves upon your voice command or programmed entries on dashboard.

Once you arrive at the “smart” restaurant, it would automatically scan your brain at the entrance and figure out what you would be looking for. Customizable screens are on every table that you can touch and order whatever you want. It is not the end of story. You end up having smart spoons and forks that vibrate when you eat too fast!

All these smart products are already under R&D at different places of the world. I just put those on a board to see how they would fit in an actual storyline of an individual’s life. Evidently, the high level of interactivity of human and machines is exciting. It appears to make our life simpler and more productive than when the technology was not there. This productivity is gained by saving time through smart devices and removing the consequence of human imperfections. Imagine how the roads would look like if everybody were riding automated smart cars. There would be a picture-perfect road scenario because human imperfections would be removed via sensors, computers and cameras guided through data from cloud. But just like any blessing has its own in-built hazards and inconvenience, smart technology has its shares of hazards too. (Click to read the next part)

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About 1mmarketing

Working as Associate Professor, School of Business, United International University, Bangladesh; a North-American graduate, with doctoral studies from UUM, Malaysia; cherishing a wide-view of the world, with multiple interests in culture, people, traveling, and specifically marketing science. I have a colorful and diversified background with a blend of corporate experience, research, consulting, training, public speaking and teaching. I love to write about marketing issues that affect our lives, and talk about its direction that would promote the greatest human welfare.
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One Response to Will the “smart” future make us dumb? Part I

  1. Tanzila Habib says:

    Most of the things have got their pros and cons more or less. Smart inventions might also have so. But still they can be brought up with mostly or even perfectly opportune features. In medical science it might come up with very fortunate impact. For example, if there is any smart detector or indicator that will work as the guide of treatment or diagnosis. It will guard consistently so that if any flaw occurs, it will notify the diagnostic machine or even the pen of the practitioner. In this way, erroneous therapy can be protected and prevented. There might another smart tool be invented. That will guard human body 24/7 and will alert if any single symptom of any disease occurs. since there are many diseases that are not showed up in the initial or primary stage until and unless any vital symptom arises!

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