Throughout our history, inventions have been created to make our lives easier. It seems we are always evolving and trying to make our lives less complicated and more effortless. So, almost every time we, as a human being, have experienced something tedious and/or difficult to do or overcome, we have created something to make it easier to manage and complete. Our history would seem to indicate that the world believes an easier life is a happy life. To be honest, I fall victim, like everyone else, to being a fan of making life easier. But my questions to you are, “Is there a limit to making life easier? And, is it possible for people to be controlled and even eliminated purely by their cravings of convenience?”
How many times have you complained about having to do something. Not necessarily because you think the chore is difficult, but because you believe it is tedious? If I were to tell you I have something to make that tedious chore go away or be done in half the time, would it excite you? Well if it would, then I accuse you of being guilty of the plague that is killing the American Spirit! Why do we get so excited when chores are made easier for us? Most would say it is because their personal time is too valuable and they crave more of it. Chances are those same people are taking their valuable personal time to watch 12 hours of Netflix. (Valuable time Chief, you sure?). So, I would challenge America to think differently and value some of those day to day tasks, because when they are gone, who will we be?
Today, the top technology companies are competing to build the best Artificial Intelligence (AI). IBM has Watson, Amazon has Alexa, Apple has Siri. Sounds great, but it is scary. How many more jobs will be eliminated because we are trying to make things easier for ourselves? With these companies racing to compete, some say that within 5-10 years tens of millions of people will see their jobs eliminated. So, there goes those tedious duties you all worked so hard to get rid of, huh? Recently “60 Minutes” had an episode dedicated to AI, in it we saw the robot “Sophia” interact with the host better than most people would during an interview. Today, “Sophia” seems still a little artificial and robotic, but, she is already smarter than we are and within 10-20 years, she will be better than us. She will be able to handle all those tedious and difficult tasks effortlessly and without us.
Bottom-line, we need to stop driving our economy to cater to the “user-friendly frenzy.” Believe me, I think it is great that we are being given new cool inventions to make our lives easier. What I am worried about is if America knows when to stop? I don’t know if you saw that movie “WALL-E”. But in that movie, it showed new inventions humans created because they were too lazy to walk, eat, cook, and do everything tedious. Humans (in the film) invented their own demise through their own inventions. Even though that was just a movie, we are getting damn near close to that now as a society. Shit, I just saw one of those new gadgets that you stand on and it moves you without any exercise. I mean I am sure they will come up with a pill or something that will exercise your muscles without you actually exercising. Shit, sometimes I am terrified that the “WALL-E World” will become real!!!
So, I wanted to make this post to challenge America to change their economical mindset that is creating a life of laziness! Hey, some shit is going to be tedious America, get over it. Making inventions to make those things easier is going to breed us into a weak species. AND WE ARE NOT FUCKING WEAK!! Time to be a grown-up America and understand making things easier is not going to make us better as people. In fact, I believe it is going to remove what makes us people in the first place.