Whether we have lived 15 years or 50 years, we have seen changes in technology. These changes have altered our perceptions and realities of our lives.
I grew up in an era where hardly anyone had a television, radio provided the entertainment in most households. I was trained as a cartographic draughtsman at a time when we used bow pens and hand-lettered the maps. Mapping evolved rather quickly after that with mechanical lettering, ink pens, GPS, and then computerization.
It was at that point where I lost interest in cartography as I no longer could participate in the process from the flight lines for the aircraft to the finished map and only saw a small window of the process. Although technology provided a huge advancement in cartography, it destroyed what attracted me to it. It was no longer an art form.
It is hard to imagine today without television, smart phones, wi-fi, computers, and GPS. Technology has changed our daily lives and the way we do business in the world. It has also changed our lives by increasing the complexity and the pace of life. We have more options and seemingly less time.
Many of us have lost the realization that technology is a tool. It is our choice what technology we take advantage of and how and when we use it. We all need to be aware of the technology that is out there for us and how we can use it to advantage as it can be a ‘friend’.
If we allow technology to drive us, our time will become someone else’s, stress may interfere with our wellbeing. Our lives may be overly complicated and technology may be our ‘foe’.
What role does it play in your life?
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