I have been noticing lately that my spelling is getting worse. I blame Apple. Autocorrect is making me more stoopid. You see, Word has underlined stoopid and is begging me to change it. Screw you Word. I’m leaving it. Wrap your little computer head around that, T-1000.
In all seriousness though, I think technology is making us dumber. I am seeing it in a small way with my diminishing spelling skills. I used to be able to spell anything. I have gotten lazy. I don’t even try to cipher it out anymore. I just machine gun it out there knowing the computer is going to fix it.
I think we will see this become more pronounced over the next 50 years and beyond. Today’s generation of kids are being raised on this technology. How lazy are they going to be as adults? By that time, the computer won’t just correct word spelling. It will correct the entire text for spelling, grammar and who knows what else. How many times have you heard a kid (or adult) say “What do I need math for? I have a calculator in my pocket.”
Warning-Entering black helicopter conspiracy territory. Enter at your own risk.
At some point in the future, computers will do everything for us. The world of non-mobile fat humans in the movie Wall-E comes to mind. Make no mistake, sooner than you think, most things done on this Earth will be done by tech and robots. Driverless cars are already here. How long before they knock cab drivers and garbage collectors out of a job? Apply this logic to every job you know. It’s scary stuff.
What are we going to do when we create real artificial intelligence (AI)? Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk both think it will mean the end for humanity. I tend to agree with them. We already know how much faster computers move than the human mind. How long will it take the AI to grow its intelligence many multitudes of degrees past ours? Not long. Do you know why human beings are the dominant species on this planet? It’s not because we have opposable thumbs or god like hair. It’s that mass of tissue sitting between your ears. We are the smartest species on the planet.
What happens when we are not?