With technology becoming omnipresent and entering almost every aspect of our lives, are we doomed to become its slaves?
Did you hear the news? Four million internet accounts has been hacked. These four million people work for Govt of USA. Assumption is that these are some of the most protected internet accounts in the world. Their personal data is compromised. How could anybody pull it off? What is the kind of intelligence required for this operation? US Investigators are pointing fingers. China is not outside the radar of suspicion. Welcome to the world of technology. We are not talking about an internet social community here. This vulnerability of internet hacking is not limited to social sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn or any other.
Like everything else that has competition, so does the education of technology. Techno literati may appear on the side of the adversity. Were you part of the team that encouraged innovation? Innovators are now available on the other side. They are hackers. They may be in your enemy country. But these innovators in their countries are called ethical hackers.
So what are the domain experts doing? Cyber security may be the utmost concern. Banking, aviation, defense and even corporate sector must spend a lot of effort to protect their data. The television media and channels of broadcasting are also vulnerable areas to internet espionage, internet bullying or even disruption from the cyber space.
Surprisingly, ethical hacking could be a subject in the curriculum for bachelor of technology (B.Tech). So, why not? The intelligentsia is now preparing to confront the establishment which relies excessively on technology. What can you brand this symptom? A techno war? You cannot get away by thinking that techno war is between the nations. Isn’t a techno war happening within your mind? Did you have the urge to upgrade your devices? At the place of your work, are you consistently strained to upgrade your dexterity of coding, compiling and inventing new operating systems? So how do you cope with upscaling your grip over the advancement of technology in the environment? There are many more like you who are in the same race to produce technologies ahead of the requirements. That technical edge in your contemporaries can compel you to cope. Failing to cope is the reason for your stress.
The decade has seen many fugitive celebrities. They are whistleblowers who hacked into private accounts of intelligence agencies and investigative bodies. Governments cannot tolerate such incisive violations into their privacy. Are these whistle blowers adding to your relief or to your stress?
Domestically, personally, officially, privately, medically, publicly or in any other mode, technology has captured your dependencies into it. Devoid of devices and gadgets, you, your spouse and children, other members of family and friends feels deprived. A sense of deprivation certainly adds strain to the mind of us human.
Here is a million dollar question. Is technology giving you freedom or dependency? Relief or stress? Comfort or strain? You do not need a great research to make inferences. Simply grab that gizmos from your four year old children when they are engrossed and attentive to the story within it. This is a new toy for your children. Did you notice that they are equipped to play all games and videos, to download the apps, surf through the YouTube and maybe even upload a video file? The louder their crying and screaming, the more engrossed they are in this internet story of technology. So now who is winning the race, the technology or the human mind? The answer needs to be more humane than it being technical. The objective is to eliminate stress and minimize strain. An intellectual addiction to producing technical products is an impediment to freedom from thought. An emotional dependence to the internet search engines slows the innovative and creative potential that you could have. We need tools to work on so as to make an intelligent generation. This generation must be able to trade with its own technical environment. Creativity, humor, and a healthy living should not be compromised. As much as mind is an energy the thought is a fuel. At all times the human race must dominate the world of technology. Because it is a human that needs conveniences and solutions. The robotics are programs which are authored by their master and the mastership will always remain with the human beings. Technology and robotics are here to obey. They cannot enjoy having an identity of their own. Human beings has a insatiable need to dominate. They thrive on their ability to control their environment. Human beings were pressed into manufacturing and developing tools and machines which are highly technical. This was for the purpose of simplifying the way of the human existence. The objective is to adapt to a world in which the machines seem to establish parity with its people. People will have to adapt to new realities but the practicality will be that the human beings has to control its technical environment. The human beings will have to excel in real intelligence as opposed to the submission of artificial intelligence.
There are factors inside human that initially measured his universe. He labeled and articulated all his environmental experiences. The scientists and the others researched, analyzed the regional events and situations. All the results of research were categories and classified appropriately. All the data that is this way generated are compiled documented and even reported. The decimal system and the grammar and languages are all the beginning of structuring the human behavior. Intelligence has given character to the interactions of people with the uncertainties and the unknown. Technology and artificial intelligence will always be limited to a world of information that has already been processed. There is a great distance between people and the technical puppetry. Knowing one’s body, the intranet of the mind complex and the patterns of breathing can release you from your tech addictions. Awareness of your nuero transmitters and psycho circuitry can liberate you from dependencies. Meditators worldwide are known to be relieved from the grip of technology on their behaviors.
The technology cannot breath, meditate or even have a body that is warm hearted as much as is that of a mammal. We are lucky to be people and we have the authority to clone our behavior. But we will never be able to see a time when there are no geniuses. As long as there are geniuses, then all robotics and technology are vulnerable to be dismantled. It is your wisdom to be interdependent with your own mental faculties and independent from the technology comforts. Dependency on your intuitions and innovations can cut through the technical grip of machine over man.
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Mr. Vinod Kumar is popular columnist from India who provides amazing insights and perspectives on diverse topics. He is a good writer, motivator, trainer, consultant and a mentor to many. His interests span media, politics, sports, food, travel, leisure, and study of the mind. His articles are provided exclusively on finomenon.org