View Poll Results: Should we pause our rapid development in technology or keep going?

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  • PAUSE!

    3 9.38%
  • KEEP GOING!

    29 90.63%
03-04-2014 01:19 AM
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  1. Paul May's Avatar
    I had the original LED Star Wars watch.
    Speaking of watches and technology, I have a funny story when you could buy those tv remote control watches. When they were first released I jumped on board and decided to go to a pub with my brother and dad to watch a football (soccer) match. There were probably 150 people all watching this giant tv screen and I programmed to watch for that tv. I kept switching the channel and changing the inputs, the bar staff were taking a lot of grief from the customers until the owner finally comes over and starts hitting the side of this tv yelling "I just got this fixed last week" after that I let him thinking hitting it fixed the problem. :)
    01-14-2014 09:42 PM
  2. Reflexx's Avatar
    I had the original LED Star Wars watch.

    The original Casio calculator watch was THE thing in the early 80's. Amazing computational power... in the size of a watch? Amazing!
    01-14-2014 10:22 PM
  3. CyclingGuyNola's Avatar
    The original Casio calculator watch was THE thing in the early 80's. Amazing computational power... in the size of a watch? Amazing!
    I had a Casio on one wrist and a Swatch on the other. Man, I'm getting old.
    01-14-2014 10:38 PM
  4. squire777's Avatar
    The calculator watch was great for math tests at school.

    The tv remote watch also gave teachers grief in school.

    When Timex came out with their Indiglo watches everyone wanted to have one of those
    01-14-2014 10:47 PM
  5. nishant786's Avatar
    Loving this thread so much!
    01-14-2014 10:56 PM
  6. squire777's Avatar
    You can really see the grasp that gadgets have on people if you take public transit. When I take the bus or subway in the morning and in the evening I see the majority of people under 40 staring at their phone, tablet or e-reader. Those who don't have one of those are usually listening to music. They don't care that they are bumping into others, or falling around whenever the train stops because they are too focused on their device. It's safe to say that they look like some kind of zombies.

    I personally have been trying to ween myself off my devices. I realized my daily routine was something like - check phone first thing in the morning, check PC after breakfast, watch a little tv, listen to music on the way to work, sit in front of a computer at work all day, use phone on the way home, watch tv after dinner, then back on the computer or play games if there was nothing on tv. I can't really describe it but when i would put my head down on my pillow my brain felt fried or over-stimulated. It felt so good to have some peace.

    So now I'm trying to cut down on the time i spend with electronics. I feel like my mind isn't racing as much and I get other things done now.
    01-15-2014 12:37 AM
  7. Muessig's Avatar
    As far as technology goes, the next step will be grapheme instead of silicon-based. We're looking at 400Ghz+ clock speeds on multiple cores in stupidly thin, flexible devices that you can most likely wear. It's going to come sooner or later.

    This thread reminds me of the way that R&D goes into the bleeding edge of technology that develops new tech a good 5 years ahead of the consumer market. We don't get that bleeding edge tech because the manufacturers obviously want to get the most profit they can out of their current and 'next gen' technology.

    I don't think privacy is such an issue, but who knows I could be wrong. When the internet first became mainstream and Yahoo was king of the search engines everyone was hyper-paranoid about using false names and never purchasing anything online or mentioning real details about yourself so that your own security was kept in tact. Today through social networks like Facebook we've gotten used to broadcasting everyday moments of our private lives we would never have even considered putting online and sure as a result some people are getting fired because of those comments through Twitter or Facebook for misrepresenting their company in their private lives. We're a lot more open with our information and as a result anyone can find out information about anything... it's kind of the blessing and the curse of the internet.
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    01-15-2014 02:23 AM
  8. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Social media responsibility is paramount. I had an interesting discussion that led to a stalemate with some of the teens I supervised during their internship at my work site last summer. They were upset about their school's faculty creating FB profiles and friend requesting them so that of the student accepted, they could spy on their wall. Now I agree with the students because what they write should be their business, but when you're posting about cutting class, bringing stuff you shouldn't into school, bullying other students, "Facebook beef", posting pictures of you getting high and in some "risqu" situations, then that is worrisome to me.

    I told them that while they have the right to post anything on their walls, some thing should be left offline. And once something gets posted, you cannot take it back - even if you delete the post later. We had a politician in the area Anthony Weiner ruin his career because of a sexting addiction that surfaced via FB and Twitter. Many companies create fake profiles to dig through employees FB and may fire or not hire people based on stuff they see.

    Of course the teens didn't see it that way, but it is one example of the lost moral responsibility we're experiencing in this age of instant gratification, especially attention wise.
    01-15-2014 07:15 AM
  9. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    As far as the tech goes, I always tell people to really sit down and figure out what you want your gear to do. One of the t-mobile assistant managers at the store by my job said "ask yourself, is what you're buying a real difference maker for you"? Some folks don't do that, as a a result, the rapid changes in technology always make them feel behind the curve.

    The GF is a great example of maximizing her tech needs. She and I were talking about her upgrading from a Droid Bionic. She was dead set on a Galaxy phone. I told her when the S4 was coming out and to wait until then and not buy the S3 because she had an early upgrade. She uses her phones for the full 2 years with each contract, maybe a little more if she doesn't like what's available. She waited, did her own research, walked into the store, and bought her S4 without hearing any of the sales pitches for other stuff - iPhone.

    Always be smart with what you buy, and learning to unplug from it is a good thing too...
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    01-15-2014 07:22 AM
  10. hopmedic's Avatar
    My wife and I have been cutting back. We used to sit down at a table in a restaurant, pull out our phones, check in on foursquare, and surf. One day a lady from church commented about how we eat out every day (which was a HUGE exaggeration), and we stopped checking in at restaurants. Now we actually make it through whole meals without pulling out our phones! Imagine that!
    01-15-2014 09:20 AM
  11. unstoppablekem's Avatar
    My wife and I have been cutting back. We used to sit down at a table in a restaurant, pull out our phones, check in on foursquare, and surf. One day a lady from church commented about how we eat out every day (which was a HUGE exaggeration), and we stopped checking in at restaurants. Now we actually make it through whole meals without pulling out our phones! Imagine that!
    Wow, that's tough! :P
    01-15-2014 10:59 AM
  12. hopmedic's Avatar
    Here's another one... Just called one of our clients and left a voice mail. I remember the days when you knew that the beep meant to leave the message - you didn't need a computer-generated voice to tell you that you could leave your message after the beep.

    Back in the late 80s, for a while, my answering machine outgoing message was, "You know who you called. You know what this is. You know what to do. You know when to do it."
    01-15-2014 11:12 AM
  13. Reflexx's Avatar
    I actually think that it was kind if easier to find info on people 15 years ago.

    Although companies collect more personal info from people now, they also know how valuable it is and they try to keep it secure. Even places that dont care about your privacy wont give out your info for free. They want to get paid.

    Back in the day, I could find contact information on most people by just researching public records and doing reverse lookups.
    01-15-2014 12:00 PM
  14. Paul May's Avatar

    I told them that while they have the right to post anything on their walls, some thing should be left offline. And once something gets posted, you cannot take it back - even if you delete the post later..
    I once had to fire a pizza delivery driver because she had something stolen from her house and then went on a racist rant on fb using the N word and how she liked Mexicans more than black people, making references to apes and such. She had her place of business listed on her profile and her shift supervisor was a black man who printed out and took offense to what she said. It was a silly mistake which was made in the heat of the moment but when people vent their frustrations in public like that bad things can happen.
    (She really was sorry for what she did and never intended to offend the person she did, but at that point you have misrepresented the company you work for and that cannot happen)
    01-15-2014 12:36 PM
  15. hopmedic's Avatar
    I once had to fire a pizza delivery driver because she had something stolen from her house and then went on a racist rant on fb using the N word and how she liked Mexicans more than black people, making references to apes and such. She had her place of business listed on her profile and her shift supervisor was a black man who printed out and took offense to what she said. It was a silly mistake which was made in the heat of the moment but when people vent their frustrations in public like that bad things can happen.
    (She really was sorry for what she did and never intended to offend the person she did, but at that point you have misrepresented the company you work for and that cannot happen)
    Wow.
    01-15-2014 12:38 PM
  16. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    I once had to fire a pizza delivery driver because she had something stolen from her house and then went on a racist rant on fb using the N word and how she liked Mexicans more than black people, making references to apes and such. She had her place of business listed on her profile and her shift supervisor was a black man who printed out and took offense to what she said. It was a silly mistake which was made in the heat of the moment but when people vent their frustrations in public like that bad things can happen.
    (She really was sorry for what she did and never intended to offend the person she did, but at that point you have misrepresented the company you work for and that cannot happen)
    That's not surprising. The truth is she, like many other people who are decent otherwise had a moment of unintended ignorance based on stereotypes she knows of other ethnic groups. Yes, it was fueled by emotions from the situation itself, but to air such a tremendous tirade online was inexcusable.

    I can give you many stories like that, sadly. And it is stories like Anthony Weiner and this woman are proof as to why transgressions should not be put out there on social media. The right of freedom of speech must always be tempered with the presence of common sense. There is just no place for actions like that, in either case.
    01-15-2014 05:41 PM
  17. Guytronic's Avatar
    Minor diversion:

    Your shiny new smartphone is cool, no doubt. It has a ton of apps and can do just about anything anything, but bend, that is.
    Dubbed Youm by developer Samsung, the prototype technology thats on the cusp of mass-market-mobile takeover uses organic light emitting diode displays (OLED), and is totally flexible, with some engineers claiming its nearly unbreakable.
    Just something to look forward to next time you find yourself crying over spilled smartphone pieces all over the floor.

    flexphone.jpg
    (Credit to the Huffington Post)
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    01-15-2014 05:58 PM
  18. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    That's not surprising. The truth is she, like many other people who are decent otherwise had a moment of unintended ignorance based on stereotypes she knows of other ethnic groups. Yes, it was fueled by emotions from the situation itself, but to air such a tremendous tirade online was inexcusable.

    I can give you many stories like that, sadly. And it is stories like Anthony Weiner and this woman are proof as to why transgressions should not be put out there on social media. The right of freedom of speech must always be tempered with the presence of common sense. There is just no place for actions like that, in either case.
    In the case of politicians, it's probably better that the public does learn of those transgressions. Most people would not want a politician who does not support their own personal values to be their representative.
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    01-15-2014 05:59 PM
  19. Paul May's Avatar
    In the case of politicians, it's probably better that the public does learn of those transgressions. Most people would not want a politician who does not support their own personal values to be their representative.
    I agree with this. But there are so many of them that do this kind of thing. Then you have people like Mayor Ford from Toronto who openly admits to using cocaine.
    01-15-2014 06:03 PM
  20. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    I agree with this. But there are so many of them that do this kind of thing. Then you have people like Mayor Ford from Toronto who openly admits to using cocaine.
    That's true. The politicians do tend to be immune from repercussions in many cases. The average person would be sent for a drug test and terminated from employment immediately if positive results were obtained, if he/she bragged about use of illegal drugs on social media.
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    01-15-2014 07:34 PM
  21. BobLobIaw's Avatar
    The pace of technology development is fine, but the pace of associated ethics development is lagging.
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    01-15-2014 08:13 PM
  22. Guytronic's Avatar
    The pace of technology development is fine, but the pace of associated ethics development is lagging.
    I would concur wholeheartedly!
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    02-26-2014 11:15 PM
  23. MameTozhio's Avatar
    I have privacy settings set to as high as i can without ruining the experience on a lot of things i.e Facebook. As a fourteen year old, it surprises me how many people have no clue how to use Facebook's privacy settings.

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    02-28-2014 03:28 PM
  24. stalemate1's Avatar
    I don't really care about my privacy.

    I just miss the days when life was simple, where I didn't need constant entertainment and could just sit outside a garden tea room and just watch the leaves swaying in the wind as the clouds pass by and be 100% happy and content with that, even at night I could just sit and enjoy the street lights reflection on my pictures on the wall and how the shadows would change shapes as the trees moved outside with the sound of crickets outside and the subtle ticking from the clock in the room...oh how I miss what was life

    But technology is a Trojan horse. I thought it was good and convenient but it took my simple life away where I could enjoy the simplest things, now I can't live without constant entertainment. Going on vacation will never be the same. I now must always be using internet or I get bored. With full sight I should have never left my Nokia 3310, I should never have tasted the internet ...I miss the days when a phone was just a practical means to a telephone and nothing more.

    Technology changed me, I wish it hadn't. Now im apathetic towards life. A zombie with a screen in my face.

    Then sometimes I get bored and tired of using my phone so I try to sleep off my boredom.



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    Last edited by stalemate1; 03-04-2014 at 01:52 AM.
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