As the problem-solving ability of technology becomes ever more sophisticated, are we losing our ability to discern between vital and trivial problems? Seemingly insignificant problems are elevated in importance, while more serious problems down-played or ignored. This modern day conundrum is lampooned well in a meme floating around about First World Problems.
It’s Not A Bug – It’s A Feature
Just because we have a smart solution or a life hack for certain things, doesn’t mean that we must use it. Some things shouldn’t even be considered problems.
Here are some examples:
- Awkward situations
- Noisy or messy situations
- Imperfect situations
- Unpredictable situations
Smart Solutions Don’t Make Us Smarter
In fact they make us dumber because they take away our problem-solving ability and place this learnable skill in the hands of a non-sentient machine. I don’t want to live in a perfect, sterile Orwellian world or a world like in Idiocracy. I want to live in a messy, wild, chaotic and sweaty world where people do unpredictable, sometimes ugly, sometimes beautiful things. Where people need to use what’s between their ears.
The Ubiquity of Technology
As we all know the internet is everywhere. In geo-location services, smart glasses, real-time traffic updates, self-driving cars, fridges, washing machines and so on. The fact that smart technology and smart solutions are everywhere, means that soon all imperfections and bugs will be designed out of existence.
All of these fuzzy, furry, imperfect and ambiguous bits – the mistakes, will disappear! I would argue that it’s these self-same mistakes or bugs in our environment that makes the world a more human place! What are your thoughts?