Manifesto: Elizabeth Haydu

We ought to be aware the technology can be used for harmful purposes.
We are slowly being led to believe that all technology is good and can do no wrong. However, we do not seem to consider the people behind the technology. Where technology is thing and can not really exhibit traits of good or evil as we define them, the people using that technology can manipulate it for those purposes. As a society, we ought to be aware of this fact and acknowledge that, even though we feel technology can do not wrong, it can, in fact, be put to less than honest purposes. For example, cyber bullying has started to become a rising epidemic in our society. The technology itself is not bullying the children, but it is being used as a medium to do so. This bullying has resulted in children become depressed, psychologically unstable, or even so emotionally distraught that they have committed suicide.

We ought to consider health and how technology can positively or negatively affect our health.
Technology, to the extent we use it, is a fairly new integration into society. Our parents remember a time when there was no internet and television shut off at night and just played a picture of the American flag. Our generation barely remembers dial up. The generation behind us, will never know a world without the advanced technology we have seen developed over the last few years (iPhones, iPads, flat screen TV, etc.). Because of this, we really do not know the affects that this constant use of technology could have on us. There have been several speculations about what technology could do to adjust the way people think and interact. Video games that are violent are said to make the video game player more violent. People are becoming less comfortable talking in person and more comfortable talking via text. Studies are starting to show that children are developing emotional attachments to objects that are just as strong as their emotional attachments to living thing. Technology is expanding and evolving at such a fast rate, that it is becoming hard for anyone to keep up with just buying and learning to use the new technology, let alone studying its effects. It seems like a far-fetched notion, but what if that phone you are holding to your ear is changing your brainwaves? What if that iPad is causing you to get arthritis? For the pure and simple reason that we are unaware of all the risks of technology on just these basic levels, we should regulate our use of it until we can be more sure of the long-term effects it will cause us.

We should be more mindful of our technological expansion.
Technology is growing at such a fast rate. Like I have said above, just fifty years ago, the internet wasn’t a thing. Today, we get frustrated if our internet is not fast enough. We get impatient if we have to wait more than about 10 seconds for the video to load. We are moving at such a fast rate that we can’t really keep up. We are dropping money on phones we don’t really need, but want. And then dropping even more money on the upgrade to that phone where the only thing that is different is the map interface and the camera pixels. But people don’t seem to be aware at what a fast rate these technologies are expanding. Should we be pushing technology so fast and so far for simple things like our phone when technology in the medical community is still not as fast at Siri’s voice recognition?

We should make safer products by implementing stricter regulations on technology.
Medicine is, in it’s own respect, a sort of technology that is driven by society. The better medicine we have, the longer we will live and the better we will feel. But with all the drug recalls, should we really be pushing some of these things as far as we have without doing more testing them more with the technology we are allowed. On top of that, if we do become more mindful of our technological expansion and decide we need to put more emphasis on medical technologies than those technologies need to be regulated within the medical community. With any new technology comes risk; however, those risks should not be to the point where medicines are being recalled because the interact with aspirin.

We ought to control our reliance on technology. Because when sky net becomes self aware…we are screwed.

We have talked about the Amish, and I think their idea of unplugging, or being more cautious about our use of technology is a good plan. To an extent, I admire and question the lifestyle of the Amish. From the Amish, we could probably learn a better work ethic,that is for sure. But their ideas about completely shunning technology might not be such a grand idea. I have always found it curious that they make technology (Microwaves), but don't use them. However, the cautious approach they have might serve them well. When our internet goes down and we are panicking about how we are going to get in touch with each other, the Amish will be blissfully unaware that anything ever happened.

We ought to understand that sometimes, technological fantasy, should not be made into a reality.
One of my favorite philosopher once said, ““Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope” — Dr. Seuss.
We could use this same metaphor for technology, after all, sliding doors were considered to be fantasy when they appeared in various futuristic movies and television shows in the early 20th century, but here we are with doors that open for use and fancy boxes that take us to the tops of buildings. That is the wrong side of the telescope, where the correct side could be the view that elevators make people fat and that sliding doors are a drain on the energy sources of the buildings.
On the regular side of the telescope, you have the belief that robots will forever remain under the control of human puppet masters guiding them and telling them what to do and unplugging them when the day is over. This is the idea that robots could be excellent pets for people who are allergic to dogs or cats and that they can basically fulfill all the creature comforts one needs; however, they might break forcing the owner to buy a new, upgraded version of Fido. So why get a machine when you can have the real thing that you have to have a sense of responsibility for walking, feeding, loving, and giving stern talkings too when they poop on the carpet?
Where fantasy may be necessary, the line between fantasy and reality is quickly becoming blurred. People are putting emotions into their objects and, in a way, giving technology a personality of its own. In my opinion, I lean more towards the regular end of the telescope. I believe there is a place for machines in life, but that place does not take over the place of other beings. You can never replace a dog that you have loved and cared for. Sure, you can clone it and you can make it seem the same. Same habits, same annoying bark, but always in your mind you know it is just not the same dog and that saddens you. With a computer, it is just a piece of metal. You don’t have to worry about never finding the same one because there are hundreds of the same ones out there just ready for the software that you want and the background that you pick. It is perfectly tailored to you, then you lose it….Oh well, guess I just need to tailor a new one.