"I feel like the way some people use tech just chips away a bit at humanity."
I am not sure about that part. I have also seen many people, in different countries/cities, with their eyes glued to a device while being with others. I especilly mentioned this one day on FB while I was watching the scene in a public place.
Now, is this part of losing a bit of humanity, or is it simply a new way of living, which is, like it or not, what is becoming part of our reality?
It annoys me when I am physically with someone who seems more interested in what others are posting on FB, on checking out any other account, or just browsing a site.
It particularly annoys me when it's someone I don't meet often, and even if the person not even takes the eyes off the device to look at me when I am speaking.
There are some cases, though, when there is a justification.
Back to humanity, people have lost quite a lot of humanity long time ago, and it has not been due to the existing technology.
There are many examples around you can look at to see what I mean. Just read some of the news, and see how people treat people, how police arrest a man who was filming whatever they were doing, how police killed the same man's dog when the dog barked at them when seeing his owner was being taken handcuffed into a police car.
Or when an 18 year old kid gets arrested, beaten in jail, and probably sentenced to 10 years in prison just for posting a comment on the League of Legends' FB page in game context. The game is all about killing, and what he said was that context.
He wrote JK (just kidding) at the end of the comment, but everyone seems to ignore this. You tell me, don't you think all these cases are more serious, and more in line with losing not a bit, but a good part of what humanity, and being a rational human should mean?
Contact lens computers, huh? It sounds amazing, but I do wonder if they'll manage to make all the parts as compact as they need to be. Personally, I would prefer Glass as contact lens computers sound a bit more, how shall I say it? Intrusive.
Google Glass does sound amazing, and if I had the opportunity to get one, I'd do so in a heartbeat. However, a part of me isn't looking forward to a future where everyone's walking along the streets or sitting at cafe tables, looking up some stuff on Glass and not really talking to whoever is there beside them. This already happens and the lot of us still don't have Glass, just smartphones. Sometimes, I feel like the way some people use tech just chips away a bit at humanity.
"I am just speculating that a surgeon could see the patient's blood pressure, perhaps. Or another measurement. Or a close up of the part of the body s/he was operating on."
That through a surgeon's mask? :/ How could you do that?
"maybe it would be useful to have that kind of info up-close in either the surgeon or surgery nurse's eye."
They already have a monitor displaying all the patient's vital signs, and other information located in a place where surgeons, nurses, intrumentists, etc., can easily see it.
Having something displaying right in the eye could be blocking what they are doing. Also, it would not be useful in any way to have some information that only the surgeon, or nurse can see. It could lead to misunderstandings of what one of them is doing as a consequence of something displayed only in his eye.
I don't think something like Glass could be useful in a situation where everything has to be crystal clear for the whole medical team, and the same information available to everyone at the same time.
Hmm. Where do you put the batteries in a contact lens computer? I'm wondering if we shouldn't just implant some kind of connection directly into our brains or optical nerves.... but it sounds so painful and prone to infection.
I am just speculating that a surgeon could see the patient's blood pressure, perhaps. Or another measurement. Or a close up of the part of the body s/he was operating on. I'm squeamish, so try not to think too much about surgery, but maybe it would be useful to have that kind of info up-close in either the surgeon or surgery nurse's eye.
I agree. The slightly uncomfortable upward eye movement Ron mentions will disappear soon, I'm sure. The tech will become seamlessly integrated into things like contact lenses, prosthetic eyes, prescription glasses, screens, masks used for surgery/swimming/welding, etc. It's going to be fascinating.
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