The Power of Technology
Technological development has revolutionized our lives. Sometimes when we look back, for example, we
wonder how we survived in the past without cellular phones, Internet, and generally computer and cellular
and mobile networks, the PC, the notebook, macbook and netbook to name but a few. In the kitchen the
microwave oven is common amongst other gadgets. With advanced security systems one can literally
monitor the goings-on in his home when he is at work or on holiday or wile travelling.
When the cellular phone became a common feature you could call someone and you could not know where
he was unless he told you the truth. For example one morning in a bus in a major city street someone told
his caller he was in a totally different city. Today the technology has changed that. You can tell where
someone is calling from even if they hide their id. You can tell where someone is located by simply 'texting'
them. Too bad for anonymous callers like one who called a young worker and threatened him with death if
he did not stop moving with a woman the caller never named. The young worker did not have any girlfriend
and he became broken-hearted. Reporting to the police, the officer on the dispatch desk laughed at this
young man to the effect that the young man had so many girlfriends that he could not tell who the caller
referred to. It was only after a relatively long time that the worker found out who had called. The intension?
To disorientate him from focusing on his activities. A bad joke-actually a criminal joke!
During our school days, we used to find chain letters in our lockers from an anonymous writer. The writer
would for example warn you not to tell anybody about the letter. He would 'order' you to make, say, 100
photocopies of the letter and send to people of your choice. Photocopiers were rare so school boys would
literally copy the letter by hand and mail to people. This urge seems real even today as chain messages on
e-mail and text messaging are a common feature. Almost each chain message will end by telling you to
forward, say to 10 people and you will have luck or else ill-luck befalls you. Of course I am not referring to
serious messages meant to convey an important fact.
Formerly one would expect a real gift on one's birthday. Such a gift would normally be accompanied by a
card. These days one has to count himself lucky to have one. What normally comes are virtual gifts and
e-cards. Of course you can print the e-card. But can you print a wine, say? This is true for other occasions
Social networking and instant messaging with real-time web cameras have moved social networking by
people continents apart a notch higher.
Further advances in technology have made us understand things which previously one could not phantom.
For example, there is technological proof on how yoga works. This points out to the fact that telepathy is
real and is simply a transmission of photons of energy (brain waves) from one person to another and by
concentration, this is similar to yoga. This technology is now used in neuro-conditioning and computer
games and may soon even be used soon to enable limbless (disabled) drivers to drive a car by simply
Globalization may soon give birth to virtual money. If you own property you may not need hard cash as you
can convert part of your property into virtual money and use it to buy goods and services. These will save
the world the agony and cost of printing currency notes and minting currency coins.
These revolutions in technology and much more can be used to improve our comfort, our security, our
efficiency and can enable man to improve good will and friendship and hence achieve global peace. This
needs us to re-orientate and refocus the same to achieve better and more focused performance.
Miniaturization of some of these technologies and developments of (solar) notebooks and (solar) cellular
phones and other gadgets with a battery that can be charged by solar energy will improve the reach thereof
and hence make us achieve our goal for global peace quicker.
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