We rely on computers to fly our planes, find our cancers, design our buildings, keep our checkbooks, and audit our businesses. That’s all well and good but what happens when the computer fails? I was reminded of this recently when we had a short period of system down time at the bank. As I walked around the building, I noticed that work almost ceased. As more and more of our information is delivered in an electronic format, what happens if the internet or the communication lines go black for a period of time? What does it mean that Michigan schools no longer have cursive writing as part of their core curriculum since so much of today’s communication is accomplished on a keyboard?
Regular readers of this blog will remember that we posted an article by the same author a few years ago titled ‘Is Google making us stupid?’ Recent advances in the field of artificial intelligence will only underscore the importance of this issue. While the advances in technology are thrilling and make our lives richer in many ways, is there a point where they become too intrusive and affect our ability to reason and function in their absence?
This thought provoking piece is worth the time. How are you and your business affected by the increasing role of technology in our modern lives?
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