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Video Game Technology and the Future

A future of video games as a central medium for life and culture isn’t that far off. Yet the idea of somehow being constantly wired into technology is off-putting— we’d turn humans into robotic shells.  The “Google Glasses” technology is amazing no doubt, but does constantly relying on such technology mean that we sacrifice our natural intelligence and problem-solving abilities, and contribute to their disappearance?  Why would we ever need to walk up to a taco truck with our families and before we even place our orders, check our phones into that location to let all our online friends know we were there—asinine. To believe that video gaming will not play a role in the future development of interactive technologies would be foolish as well; yet relying on technology alone presents a danger to the natural capabilities we are born with. If we do not continually exercise our organic problem-solving abilities without the crutch of our computers, we will not contribute to our strengths, but will promote weakness. I fear the end of the world will be the result of all technologies failing—now there’s a Sci-Fi novel. 😉

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4 thoughts on “Video Game Technology and the Future

  1. I feel the same way. I watched the Google Glass Project video with my boyfriend, both of us sitting there in disgust. I do not even think I can articulate exactly what it is that bothers me. Simply, why do people feel the need to abandon their human-ity (not to be confused with the moral connotations of humanity) to be synchronized so entirely with virtual technology? Obviously we rely heavily on technology but we should STOP and HALT our progression to become technology.

    Posted by emmajani | June 19, 2013, 9:28 pm
  2. JOWZ24, I believe the apocalypse scenario you are referring to is y2k 😉 I do agree with you though in that if we rely on computers to do everything for us, we will limit ourselves to the choice of however many options are presented to us on a screen rather than coming up with our own. Thinking outside the box or doing things on a whim will ultimately disappear and we will become enslaved by calenders and ‘this one or that one’ decisions. Whoever designs these systems could have a lot of power on their hands. Here is another novel idea for you, how hard would it be to control a massive population by simply limiting their decisiveness through an unhealthy reliance on technology?

    Posted by sccrdude540 | June 20, 2013, 10:46 am
  3. This seems to be a problem with no real answers. Along with that, this has been a problem numerous times in history. This made me think of a little fact I learned in an eighteenth century fiction class. When the printing press, a new technology of the time, created and books and other texts became readily available to all the public, there was a fear from some people that with the written word becoming so popular, the spoken word would be wiped out. In a sense this did happen as very few people use oral traditions anymore when it comes to telling a story. Then we look at television. Once again, the human population lost a part of what is was as a culture. This time around, however, a lot of people stopped reading or started reading less, and began to watch their TV. History is full of humanity losing what makes it rich, and yet we do not necessarily think of things like the printing press as a bad thing. A majority of people would say it was a great invention. Once the time came for us to rely on technology so much, people would probably think of it as a good thing while people of the past, meaning us, see it as disgusting, just as many people from hundreds of years ago would see our culture today as humanity-deprived. As far as technology being the death of us, I think this is very possible because unlike books or televisions, with the use of so many high tech gadgets, we use up a lot of human, natural, and power resources. Who knows when one of these resources will collapse for whatever reason and we are left with nothing, and by nothing, I mean these ideas of the past: spoken word, text that appears on paper to be used as a guide for how things work, and simple moving pictures for us to watch but not interact with.

    Posted by jamesste | June 20, 2013, 11:45 am
  4. This is problem that I see as well. If we let technology continue to become a growing part of our every day lives, what would we do if it all of a sudden disappeared? I can’t imagine my life even without my cell phone and that itself is just sad. The charger for my mac broke and I was without a laptop for a week and I absolutely hated it. That’s just horrible. Imagine if we actually created a virtual world that people could log into every day and it became such a huge part of our lives that we even started using it for education (like they do in the Oasis). Enrollment in real schools would plummet to the point where we would all but forget about them. What happens though, when this virtual world crashes and its all gone? We would be lost.

    Posted by sierrasu | June 21, 2013, 1:08 am

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