Thursday, June 12

Don't date robots

As a follow up on my rant on the i-Phone and the other new tech product lines competing for my dollar, I thought it appropriate to consider the issue of technological determinism. The theory states that "we make the tools and then the tools re-make us." From H.G. Wells to today's Battlestar Galactica and to my personal favorite-- the intergalactic hit The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, popular entertainment has explored issues and raised warnings rooted in this theory. Marry our consumerism culture with technological determinism and perhaps we all should heed the warming posed in a Futurama anti-robot propaganda film.

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