One of the hazards of getting immersed in high tech culture is the inevitability of it permeating further and further into your life. It is debatable as to whether this is a good thing.
Generally the less technology in your life the simpler it becomes. But what happens as the technology becomes completely integrated? What happens when it becomes so transparent that it actually starts making your life easier?
We are [slowly] approaching that transitional period I believe. Miniaturisation is rampant meaning that more and more things will have computers in them rather than standard old school ‘dumb’ electronics components. Technologies are converging. Multi-purpose devices are becoming common place in the West and are marketed as affordable and desirable to the swollen middle class.
The time of always on and connected is approaching. What will it mean for our society when boundaries of physical space are made irrelevant by instant communication with anyone, anywhere? Will we develop a hive mind? Will we bypass government and nationalistic controls and form a truly united global community? Will we start dumbing ourselves down as information becomes instantly available to answer our any question? Will we forget all we have learned? Is that necessarily a bad thing? Will we be able to leave our corporeal form behind entirely and exist in the websphere in our lifetimes? Could that be a form of enlightenment?
So many questions.