Our next evolution (part 2) : the rise of the SMART Screen Society.

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here comes the new pope, quick lets blind him!

In my last post I talked about our renaissance with information (part 1,Voices from the ether), how everything was now at within reach, global news, events. Life today is lived through the myriad of screens that surround us. From Smartphones to tablets, we are now connected wherever we go, wherever we are.

According to go-gulf

– Out of the 5 billion mobile phone users in the world, 1.08 billion are smartphone users

-More than 91.4 million smartphones users are from the U.S -Smartphone platform Android has the higher market share of 46.9%

-89% of smartphone users use their smart phones throughout the day

-92% of smartphone users use their smartphones to send text messages to other phones. Whereas, 84% of users use their smartphones for browsing the internet.

In his article ‘The Man-Machine Merger‘, Ray Kurzweil asks; ‘Is all of this connectivity helping us to evolve into a more intelligent species, as some futurists speculate, or is this actually hurting us’?

“Never have we had greater access to knowledge than we do right now—limitless information just a few clicks away, the line between man and machine increasingly blurred. We tether our brains to our mobile devices, relying on them to tell us when we’re hungry, where we should go for cocktails, what driving route we should take, and what we should buy our significant others for their birthdays?”

The truth is, we are all ‘jacked in’

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at least learning kung fu will be a breeze

Our mobile and tablet devices now connect us all the time to the (web), the smartest thinking machine we have ever conceived, using social media, search history, interests and hobbies it can translate patterns in our browsing using metrics to allow for a predictive estimation of our behaviours.

A Revolution of the Mind.

Your laptop, tablet, and cellphone are, as Steve Jobs once put it, “bicycles for your mind.” In her BBC article ‘Screen use is bad for brain development, scientist claims‘, Zoe Kleinman discusses the conflicting impacts of our connected screen-based society. The theory of brain plasticity states the human brain’s ability to evolve to adapt to its surroundings. It is largely held to be scientifically credible – and also fairly ubiquitous. “The whole way that we learn anything is through our brain changing and adapting to our surroundings,” “If I read a book it will change my brain, if I go to work it will change it.”

cellphones-and-egyptian-demonstrators-celebratingIt’s the question of whether, in the case of computing devices, the change is likely to be for the better or worse that is dividing opinion.
We no longer learn facts, we go to Google to retrieve them. As these technologies begin to change our minds, soon they will change our bodies.
Smart devices that are always connected can’t be stopped, the best and smartest minds of our generation (Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zukerberg, Sir Tim Bernard Lee, Bjarne Stroustrupetc)  have and will continue to spend their lives thinking of ways of making it stronger, smarter and more self-sufficient. Our dependence on it will force us to protect it, and we will turn on anyone who threatens it, while maintaining the illusion that it is our choice, that we are in control.
Ryan Block says ‘We Are What We Use‘, As we become increasingly engrossed in our tools, we’re only just beginning to learn how our newly augmented lives will work within society, and our society will almost certainly spend the next decade or two adapting 
There will be no ‘rise of the machines’
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we will not rely on machines to do EVERYTHING for us. After we have adapted to the shifting sands as our technology, we will evolve. A new kind of people will emerge, all the while ‘watched over by the machines of love and grace’

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