Existentialism For The 21st Century

“Is our technology changing what it means to be human that much?

This is a question without a definitive answer … so far.  Futurists claim we are already cyborgs (we have glasses and pacemakers and use Google instead of memorizing things) and are going to keep changing, while leading sociologists of technology like Sherry Turkle point out that this often has more in common with malnutrition than evolution:  just as eating junk food will keep us alive but not make us healthy, social networking and modern media are a cheap substitute that doesn’t really fulfill our needs as human beings.

New Existentialist Eugene Taylor has suggested that trying to deliberately “advance” the human species has been tried many times before, and always failed. “

This is from a very interesting article on the subject.  Well worth the read.

What are your thoughts on how technology is changing human society & the actions/thoughts of Individuals?  Do you think Empathy is something we can teach, or are (as the author suggests) times of solitude also important to help humanize ourselves?  Let me know your thoughts in the comment space below.

Back To The Future…

Do you remember, in Back To The Future 2 where Marty McFly rides that hoverboard?  Remember how you thought: how cool is that?  And you know how you feel every time you watch a sci-fi movie & see vehicles & other mundane items hovering over the ground.  I always think:  man, that would be just awesome if we could develop that sort of technology.

Well guess what:  We Have The Technology.

My best friend e-mailed me a link to an American company that has been developing this technology.  I watched some videos & was blown away.  Yes, I know this technology is in its infancy.  But the mere fact that a working prototype hoverboard has been developed is amazing.  And this company, Hendo, wants people to help them develop the concept further.  Watch this video & see what I mean:

Cool, eh?

You can find out more on their website: Hendo Hover   And if you have any comments of your own, just leave them in the handy form below.