Will the Internet of Things Make Us Dumb?
Look, I know I'm coming off pretty curmudgeonly, which is a little upsetting since I just turned 34 last week. But why do we need a refrigerator with a built in tablet, speakers and camera that photographs the inside of the fridge every time you close the door?
What's wrong with having your tablet on the kitchen counter displaying the latest Pinterest-worthy recipe you're trying, music playing from your laptop on the table ... and yeah, sorry, no a photo of the inside of my fridge is not going to help me shop (you know, because items get placed in front of other items, blocking the view, oh nevermind I feel my blood pressure rising).
Let me repeat: I love tech. I find new technology exciting, but COME ON. What technologist dreamed of making a smart fridge? Where are the dreamers who want to innovate something that will push humanity into the new age?
I think we should ask ourselves if some of these new IoT devices are truly important — and thus worth putting our marketing minds behind — and which of these items are making consumers lazy, and yes, dumb. We already can't remember phone numbers because of our smart phones ... are we going to forget how to cook, or do anything that can be replaced with pushing a button?
It all sort of reminds me of something Dr. Ian Malcolm says in Jurassic Park:
Scientists are actually preoccupied with accomplishment. So they are focused on whether they can do something. They never stop to ask if they should do something.