For those who desire to boldly go where no man has gone before, but still understand that we should not lose sight of where we've been and what dangers may lay ahead, this book was written.
"Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal."
Since the beginning of time, the human race has both sought after and been the beneficiary of technology. One might ask, what is technology? Webster's defines technology as "A scientific method to achieve a practical purpose" (Technology, n.d.). This definition fits technology precisely, as from the invention of the wheel to the invention of the Smartphone, the pursuit of technology has always been for ease of work or a better lifestyle.
Technological development is increasing at a rapid pace, partially explained by Moore's Law, which states that the number of transistors on a chip doubles every 24 months (Intel, n.d.). Think about it...In the late 1970s, I remember my parents buying a large calculator about the size of a Bible which had a small display and very limited calculation abilities. This "innovative" calculator was purchased for $100. Now, calculators that are smaller than the size of your hand with large displays can be bought for less than $1, and most Smartphones have a calculator function on them. Consider the evolution of the computer. In the 1980s, large bulky computers graced only the finest of homes and were purchased for over $3,000. Now, iPad Minis and very thin laptops are the normal staple in every person's life, including those younger than 5 years old. Before 1950, radio and newspapers were the only methods of bringing information or entertainment into the home. (Articlesbase, n.d.) Today, newspapers and magazines are either converting to digital form or going out of business altogether, while kids hardly listen to the radio or watch television, but instead watch on-demand programming on the Internet. Crazy, isn't it? That's the "progress" made in just the last 40 years or so! Things that were considered normal just a few years ago are now foreign. For example, I went into the Ford dealership the other day to get my oil changed. The automotive technician told me that he hooked my truck up to a computer, which told him what steps to perform on the oil change. When he was finished, he didn't even check the dipstick to make sure that the oil level was appropriate, because he wasn't told to by the computer!