Automation and technology

The state of Connecticut recently passed legislation to do with autonomous cars. Now we’ve joined a list of states who are officially regulating and testing driverless cars. And that’s not the only way in which technology is taking over our lives—our homes are smart and interconnected, we can buy anything we want and have it delivered to us by drone without even leaving our couches or opening our wallets, our phones can talk to us, and now they’re making cars that drive themselves.

But reading about this got me thinking, are robots and other upper-level technology the way of the future? If so, people like me are out of luck—I can use my computer and my smartphone, but I know I’m behind on trends. I have trouble with Twitter, and I don’t know how to Snapchat, and apparently people microblog nowadays and I don’t even know what that means. I definitely can’t program a car—I can barely convince Siri to call me by name. I’m pretty sure the next generation is set up to handle those things, though. At least of my daughter’s classmates are smartphone experts, and this summer kids only a bit older than them are off to programming camps. I don’t know, but I think summer camps involved more campfires and fewer 3D printers when I was a kid. Oh well. That’s a sign of the changing times.

Well, the future isn’t here yet. Humans are not yet obsolete, and maybe we should rejoice in that. At the very least, we should step away from our screens and devices and out into the real world this weekend. So let’s do our parts. Bake a cake. Work in your garden. Catch a Metro Taxi into town and have some face-to-face conversations, or out to one of our many parks and hiking trails to enjoy some fresh air. I promise, it’s better than looking at pictures online.