Will we be techno-blobs?


Matthew Gerding, IV Leader Editor

From the minute the first cave man discovered fire and invented the wheel, technology has been an integral part of our existence. We have steadily become more and more reliant on it. We have cell phones and computers. We have GPS in our phones and our cars. We have cameras capable of holding thousands of pictures and MP3 devices that can hold thousands of songs.
But have we become too reliant? Think about the last time your computer broke down. Do you remember that feeling of loss and emptiness? Without our computers, and the access to the world that it provides, we become despondent. We are so used to tweeting and updating our Facebook status every 10 minutes that when it is not available to us we don’t know what to do.
It is becoming clearer and clearer that our functionality as humans is depleting as our technology becomes more and more advanced. I am scared that not too far in the future we will be a society of unmoving blobs attached to computers that provide our every need for us…much like the humans in the Disney/Pixar movie “Wall-E.”
Am I saying that technology is evil? Of course not. What I am saying is that we are on a slippery slope that could eventually lead to our downfall. We need to realize that even though technology is a wonderful tool for humanity, it can just as easily be the weapon that leads to our doom.