I had an epiphany the other day. If it was not for computers and the internet I would not be as intelligent. The internet in no way placates my desire to learn, adapt and grow, however, it does add greatly to the sum of my knowledge. The threads of my life have been so interwoven with this Ethernet cable that I can actually feel my I.Q. points dropping as my cable modem loses packets. For the average home internet bystander an internet outage is a minor inconvenience. For me, it is a major catastrophe with detrimental results.
There are so many things that I no longer need to memorize due to the fact that it is at the tip of my fingertips. A couple mouse clicks and a Google search later and I could tell you the factors that led to the great depression, the name of Jack Johnson’s new album, and the actors name in that one movie.
With every day that passes the internet becomes an extension of my conscious mind. If this is true for me now, imagine what it will be like in 10 or 30 or 50 years. Mankind will be so dependant on wireless linkups that a simple software hiccup or power outage will mean that we forget how much that cup of coffee will cost, and where our seat on the plane is. For the brief moments without our connection we will be a nation of zombies, without having purpose, direction, and information.
Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?