Technology: Presence & Time

So I’ve been pondering what to write for a next post.  I was looking at other posts with the daily prompt about use of phones which caught my attention.  They are useful, but they can also control you if you let them because they ring off the hook and people can nowadays text you like there’s no tomorrow.  Texts can be simple like “Dinner’s ready” from a family member to another family member in a different room, or about getting together.  They can be more complicated telling a story of something that recently happened, though that could also be a phone call instead of a text since longer messages aren’t as often sent by text as far as I can tell in my minimal text experience.  It depends though, sometimes that is the case and sometimes it is not.  Either way, technology can take you away from the present moment and into another space, for one reason or another.

This brings me to another pondering, as I’ve recently read The Time Machine by H.G. Wells.  Now The Time Traveller within the book travels hundreds of thousands of years into the future.  He views completely different worlds that are nothing like that where we currently reside.  The social hierarchy of creatures is vastly different, being that it seems humans have evolved into two different species somewhat, at least it appears that the Time Traveller interprets these two species as being derived from humans if I read it correctly.  Some might consider such a long way off in the future to be a daring feat for someone to take when trying out a time machine, but is it that big of a deal?  Would it be better to jump 5, 10 or maybe 50 years into the future to see where things have evolved to before jumping elsewhere?  Would it be most useful to see yourself in the future or past when traveling time, or seeing beyond yourself and to look at the world itself?  I’m not sure I have all these answers, but I think it would intrigue me more to see where the world and humanity goes than to see exactly where i end up or where I’ve been.  Some days my opinion might differ, but I’m living in the moment right now as I create this post.

What are your thoughts?

About magnuswendler

The author is a recent university graduate, who enjoys reading and writing as well as pondering life and its issues.

Posted on February 5, 2013, in Book related and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I think I’ll see no cars running on gasoline or diesel…and that will be a healthy change. solar and wind energy would have become the norm. On the downside, the middle east would be burning and India would be too over populated to manage. I’d carry my passport with me so I can get out of India 🙂

    • Sounds like some likely ideas! Not sure about the Middle East, but quite possibly! Would they not impose population management strategies for India before then if it gets too populated? Like the policy that was in place in China, but is now lifted I think I heard.

  2. this one’s tough…I’d love to go at least 50 years into the future because that is when I think a drastic change would have occured in the world…either for good or bad….plus I’d love to see old versions of lindsay lohan, britney spears and paris hilton 🙂

    • Never thought of seeing how any celebrities would be when they are older! Interesting reason for your choice. Drastic changes probably would happen by that point. Do you have any guesses as to what kinds of changes you might see? Would you travel with anything such as food, water, clothes etc or would you just travel and see where you end up and not worry what might happen?

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