In charge of time

I was watching a presentation by a young chap by the name of Tristan Harris who has a thing about how we spend our time, indeed whether the time was well spent or whether our minds have been hijacked by our smartphones or other technological devices.

It makes one think because Mr Harris is a product of the very same industry that uses designs to keep us hooked to a screen for as long and as often as possible. It is good to remember that about 2 billion people use their phones every day, and if technology steers that many people’s thoughts and beliefs every day imagine the kind of influence that has been created.

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Is Technology shaping us and the future?

AIWe have talked quite a bit about Artificial Intelligence as well as technology in a broader sense [AI under the loup] and the inventions of the personal computer, the tablet and smartphone has certainly shaped our lives, and yes, Kapiti SeniorNet wouldn’t be around today to assist you without them.

When the economic revolution in the century from 1870 to 1970 took place, the speed of innovation was quite breath-taking, but since then has not in fact had the same pace or been as deep or wide. This in spite of the impact of our computing devices on our daily life and work.

I was reminded of this today when a son of mine moving abode was stressed over

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Ring-a-ding-ding

Old phoneIt is 1877 and a Mrs. Sheehy of Roxburgh is the first person to have a conversation on a private line using the new-fangled contraption called a talking telegraph.

Two years later New Zealand’s first telephone office opened in Port Chalmers and another two years went by till the first phone exchange opened in Christchurch in 1881. Auckland then followed suit with 10 subscribers.

The first telephone system opened in Blenheim in 1887 with 33 subscribers and it was not until 1920 that the first automatic exchange opened.

By 1930 all the main centres had been connected and toll calls between cities and towns were possible. Gossip never had it better.

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A last note on the Cyber-attack debacle

Map RansomwareYou are most likely sick and tired of hearing about the attack of  Ransomware and similar worms, however, it is a fact that most Windows PCs were vulnerable to remote attack due to dud Windows Defender, the protection installed by default on all consumer oriented Windows PCs.

Without going in to all the technical details suffice it to say that Microsoft has now – and it must be said with impressive speed – issued an automatic patch to guard against the remote code execution.

The interesting thing about this whole story is

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What is Enlightenment?

KantThis question was posed by Immanuel Kant [Philosopher] back in 1784 and you may well wonder if we have become more enlightened when we read of all the political bickering going on around us.

Immanuel Kant went on to say that “Enlightenment is man’s emergence from his self-imposed immaturity.

Immaturity is the inability to use one’s understanding without guidance from another.”

You see my point.
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