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  1. #1 Are we living in a disconnected connected world? 
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    I have found this video recently -> I Forgot My Phone - YouTube and it makes me to think about how technology is disconnecting us from connected world, we all know that technology contributes to globalization and people connection, except it doesn't, we can clearly see how people are disconnecting from real life in order to participate in virtual one. It's a paradox..

    What is your opinion about this, in what direction is this going?


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    Technology can be very useful and helpful when used properly by people who want to use it for their good. We are now communicating here by means that a few years ago were not possible but now we have this form of technology that again can be used for both good and bad. I see technology as a useful tool which I use to learn many things I would never have dreamed about before this new internet and am very happy with this technology. Again , it is how you use anything that will either help or hinder you in life to just be careful with it.


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    Technology is a WONDERFUL TOOL!

    It permitted my sister to update us on my nephews cancer, and also in his last two weeks in the hospital his current condition, and eventually, his death.

    It should never replace a real phone call with a real voice that says, "I love you, daughter/son/spouse/mother/father/etc."

    We are truly "blessed" that we have this technology, but that is replaces a personal note or gesture?

    That cannot be replaced.
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    If you think back a hundred or more years, things were not much different really. The big difference is in the speed of exchange of communications.

    People kept diaries. Romances were conducted by letter. People were thrilled if a letter arrived a month or a week! earlier than they expected. Just look at any documentary on the first world war and see how long it took for letters to be written, sent, delivered and replied to. They didn't expect to be able to talk to anyone who wasn't in front of them.

    BBC radio started broadcasting only in 1922 - and not many people had a set of their own. International broadcast radio began with the Dutch in 1927 and the BBC followed suit in 1932. And all of this was one way, not mutual communication. Ham radio allowed some hobbyists to practise their morse code (long before they were able to talk to each other) before broadcast radio began.

    Telephones? Not many people in Australia had their own phones before the 1960s, and not everyone even then. Watch the occasional British film set in the periods up to the 1970s - you'll see some people even then sharing public telephone boxes as a communal service for a street or a village.

    All that's really changed is speed of technology and our consequent impatience.

    I notice it with computers. I get irritated when my PC takes more than the briefest moment to switch on. When my office started giving us slave terminals, not PCs, at our desks during the 80s, we were quite tolerant of it taking considerable time to fire up. And we happily cooperated when the public address system warned us to stagger our log-ins because the system wasn't coping very well and would crash if a couple of hundred (or more) people logged on at once.
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    adelady ....very true....those that didn't write a letter or waited for one, as I did in my youth...don't understand the amazing gift technology is.

    My only concern is that people will forget how to interact with people.

    I still write out my Christmas Cards...about 50 of them with a personal note to each individual. Some things are not replaceable....words shared by voice and not by letters.....and letters shared in the old time way....
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    I do see something where the better technology gets, the less tolerant people are towards it (regarding its speed , etc).

    Possibly being born into a society with all the 'current technology' adds to the impatience (me included ).

    It's like that advert in the UK now advertising hotels or something, it goes on about an "online me".

    Maybe tech can hinder the "classic human contact" side of things, but there are so many positive elements of technology for me to think about it too much.
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    if I told I don't have phone you would say im totally insane
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    I think it does not matter what we do on planet earth, if we do not carefully weigh the oppotions and try to ballance everything, things will get out of hand. At the moment things are getting out of hand, I see it on our children, and yes, we get hooked very fast.
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    This is going to be more and more virtual world, with less emphasis on actual relationhip management. But this is not solely because of technolgy. It is because of illusion that "we are busy". I think main reason behind it is
    1- a lot of information to manage, interpret, understand (i mean processing) etc in our daily life.
    2- and mental evolution.
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    people are difficult technology is easy
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    technology is wonderful....so is personal human contact....
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackscorp View Post
    people are difficult technology is easy
    and if we don't deal with the difficult....life won't be in any way shape or form easy. Communication via personal, as in physical, be it voice or actual meetings advance our understandings of others. Words on a screen have zero inflection regardless of emoticom's and I certainly would never close a business deal with someone without personal contact
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    The hardest thing to overcome in life is ourselves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sir ir r aj View Post
    This is going to be more and more virtual world, with less emphasis on actual relationhip management. But this is not solely because of technolgy. It is because of illusion that "we are busy". I think main reason behind it is
    1- a lot of information to manage, interpret, understand (i mean processing) etc in our daily life.
    2- and mental evolution.
    I agree, that and many more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackscorp View Post
    if I told I don't have phone you would say im totally insane
    No, I do not think I would; you are exercising choice, although it might prove difficult if you try to do business without a computer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stargate View Post
    although it might prove difficult if you try to do business without a computer.
    It depends on type of business. Somtimes only a simple calculator is required, and sometimes supercomputer. you will not need supercomputer for simple addition. Love for technology is grossly high, without real need.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sir ir r aj View Post
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    although it might prove difficult if you try to do business without a computer.
    It depends on type of business. Somtimes only a simple calculator is required, and sometimes supercomputer. you will not need supercomputer for simple addition. Love for technology is grossly high, without real need.
    I think we are just a tittle from the place where everyone will need a computer or doing business will come to a dead halt. We are already coming to a point where you cannot pay your bills without a connection the net.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sir ir r aj View Post
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    although it might prove difficult if you try to do business without a computer.
    It depends on type of business. Somtimes only a simple calculator is required, and sometimes supercomputer. you will not need supercomputer for simple addition. Love for technology is grossly high, without real need.
    DIsagree. Try to be a business and run it w/o technology anymore. Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by babe View Post
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    although it might prove difficult if you try to do business without a computer.
    It depends on type of business. Somtimes only a simple calculator is required, and sometimes supercomputer. you will not need supercomputer for simple addition. Love for technology is grossly high, without real need.
    DIsagree. Try to be a business and run it w/o technology anymore. Good luck.
    Yes. AgrEed. I did not specifically say "without technolgy" , but emphasised on minimum use of technology.
    Apart from this. Come to a third world country, a lot of people dont use computers in business. But technology is overcoming . Maybe in a decade or two they start using computers in their daily businesses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stargate View Post
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    if I told I don't have phone you would say im totally insane
    No, I do not think I would; you are exercising choice, although it might prove difficult if you try to do business without a computer.
    I don't have anything against technology... but I don't have to be all time reachable
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    Quote Originally Posted by sir ir r aj View Post
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    although it might prove difficult if you try to do business without a computer.
    It depends on type of business. Somtimes only a simple calculator is required, and sometimes supercomputer. you will not need supercomputer for simple addition. Love for technology is grossly high, without real need.
    DIsagree. Try to be a business and run it w/o technology anymore. Good luck.
    Yes. AgrEed. I did not specifically say "without technolgy" , but emphasised on minimum use of technology.
    Apart from this. Come to a third world country, a lot of people dont use computers in business. But technology is overcoming . Maybe in a decade or two they start using computers in their daily businesses.
    Which is why they are third world countries. you have to keep up with the world. There is nothing wrong with technology. It has it's merits in all areas of business, medicine, science, music. theatre arts, even cars. I don't agree with you at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by babe View Post
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    although it might prove difficult if you try to do business without a computer.
    It depends on type of business. Somtimes only a simple calculator is required, and sometimes supercomputer. you will not need supercomputer for simple addition. Love for technology is grossly high, without real need.
    DIsagree. Try to be a business and run it w/o technology anymore. Good luck.
    Yes. AgrEed. I did not specifically say "without technolgy" , but emphasised on minimum use of technology.
    Apart from this. Come to a third world country, a lot of people dont use computers in business. But technology is overcoming . Maybe in a decade or two they start using computers in their daily businesses.
    Which is why they are third world countries. you have to keep up with the world. There is nothing wrong with technology. It has it's merits in all areas of business, medicine, science, music. theatre arts, even cars. I don't agree with you at all.
    There is nothing wrong with technology. Agreed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackscorp View Post
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    if I told I don't have phone you would say im totally insane
    No, I do not think I would; you are exercising choice, although it might prove difficult if you try to do business without a computer.
    I don't have anything against technology... but I don't have to be all time reachable
    The way business is conducted today you have to be reachable, or someone will jump in your slot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by babe View Post
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    although it might prove difficult if you try to do business without a computer.
    It depends on type of business. Somtimes only a simple calculator is required, and sometimes supercomputer. you will not need supercomputer for simple addition. Love for technology is grossly high, without real need.
    DIsagree. Try to be a business and run it w/o technology anymore. Good luck.
    Yes. AgrEed. I did not specifically say "without technolgy" , but emphasised on minimum use of technology.
    Apart from this. Come to a third world country, a lot of people dont use computers in business. But technology is overcoming . Maybe in a decade or two they start using computers in their daily businesses.
    Which is why they are third world countries. you have to keep up with the world. There is nothing wrong with technology. It has it's merits in all areas of business, medicine, science, music. theatre arts, even cars. I don't agree with you at all.
    That’s the good part Babe, the bad part is too much reliance on technology can never be good, at some point there will be a crack, especially when it is electricity driven. In that way the third world countries will be ahead. Just look at Africa today, one of the fastest growing economies, although it did not use technology the same way the first world nations did. In order for them to keep up today they have to resort to it just the same as all the others did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stargate View Post
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    although it might prove difficult if you try to do business without a computer.
    It depends on type of business. Somtimes only a simple calculator is required, and sometimes supercomputer. you will not need supercomputer for simple addition. Love for technology is grossly high, without real need.
    DIsagree. Try to be a business and run it w/o technology anymore. Good luck.
    Yes. AgrEed. I did not specifically say "without technolgy" , but emphasised on minimum use of technology.
    Apart from this. Come to a third world country, a lot of people dont use computers in business. But technology is overcoming . Maybe in a decade or two they start using computers in their daily businesses.
    Which is why they are third world countries. you have to keep up with the world. There is nothing wrong with technology. It has it's merits in all areas of business, medicine, science, music. theatre arts, even cars. I don't agree with you at all.
    That’s the good part Babe, the bad part is too much reliance on technology can never be good, at some point there will be a crack, especially when it is electricity driven. In that way the third world countries will be ahead. Just look at Africa today, one of the fastest growing economies, although it did not use technology the same way the first world nations did. In order for them to keep up today they have to resort to it just the same as all the others did.
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    RESORT TO IT? Oh pulease!
    Do you mean I am using the wrong word? Or you do not agree with waht I am saying?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stargate View Post
    RESORT TO IT? Oh pulease!
    Do you mean I am using the wrong word? Or you do not agree with waht I am saying?
    The latter.
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