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An Ode to Technology: Homo Sapiens' Heritage

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As an example, "Macheads", a 2009 documentary directed by Kobi Shely, tells the history of the Apple Macintosh community since its early beginnings in the late 70's. Even within a niche that could be called technologically savvy, its earlier adopters resented the effects of the Internet for the changes it brought. The reason for this protest was that their social network, which was once segmented in local face-to-face User-groups, became boundless and global in an endless virtual "impersonal" world. Does this mean that human contact has been removed from the equation? Not at all. The small niche had now become a huge community of millions of users that is constantly changing and improving like a shapeless entity. Now users have the option to interact with others from all corners of the world, organize meetings (virtual or physical) and exchange ideas with speeds much faster than the previous exclusively coffee shop gatherings. As with the Apple Community, this change is taking place in all facets of our lives, but the change is not a limiting one, instead it is one that offers growth and diversification. People now have the option to meet, create fellowships from miles away, interact online or decide when to meet up for lunch or dinner. We can find a book we want to read, order it and have it delivered to our doorstep the next day. We can even do that on our mobile phone while speaking to a friend, or after checking the schedule of a theater function or piano concert.

To restate the point of all I've said above, technological innovation and the change brought by it almost always creates resistance within the generation that gives birth to it. But once this resistance is overcome, the bar for maximum human potential moves further and grows. Technological advancement is not limited to the latest electronic gadget of 2010, it is not merely the "new fad" which will just be over in a season. Technology defines us as a species, and it is fueled by our curiosity, passion and intellect; the same way that art, science and poetry are. Indeed, the creation of new technology requires science, art and poetry to come to fruition. It is part of our legacy as humans. It is that iconic bone held by the apes at the beginning of Stanley Kubrick's Masterpiece "2001: Space Odyssey", and it is also the iPad that my friend will use next year to send a reply to one of my whimsical emails, read her book or watch a movie.

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