The machines won 200 years ago

I cannot but help myself to think that Woz is right. Even though I at one time thought that computer were a tool for learning I see the opposite side of the coin. That the can dumb down the teaching process by making things too easy for the children. It sluggifies the thinking process and demotes creativity. – Rich

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives.

An iPhone with its pet Woz. Torsten Blackwood/Getty Images

I am writing this at the behest of my leader, the Lady Laptop.

For a number of years now, she has tried to explain to me who’s boss. I have offered resistance. Ignorant resistance. She tired of trying to just look at me with a patronizing eye. Now if I don’t call her Lady Laptop, she gets into a sulk and crashes.

I finally realize why she does this, because Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak explained it last night. As MassLive reports, Woz was speaking in Massachusetts, where he helped the assembled throng understand the reality of today’s world.

“The machines won 200 years ago,” he said. It’s quaint to think that in a week in which many humans have become enthralled by the idea of talking to their watches, they still think they’re in charge.

Woz insisted it’s our own fault the machines are in control.

“We made them too important. That makes us the family pet,” he said. He’s mentioned the pet idea before, when he mused that artificial intelligence was a serious threat to our very survival.

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There’s something bracing about the founder of the world’s most famous tech company saying he doesn’t think computers are necessarily such a great thing. For example, in education.

He told the Mass masses: “A lot of our schools slow students down. We put computers in schools and the kids don’t come out thinking any better.”

Computers, he said, can’t make up for the fact that class sizes are too big. They can’t compensate for kids who have special talents being held back by the system. They can’t make you creative.

As we continue to hurtle toward a computer-dominated world, to a point where machines will be implanted in our bodies, there’s one question that always remains unanswered until it’s too late: Will we be happier?


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