I’m used to start my blog articles describing the past to demonstrate how it all started. To picture the actual situation and in the end presenting a possible scenario. But this “time thing” is bothering me for some time now, so it’s time to write about it.
Many people know about the rapid development of technology and how it influences our world. Our life’s are speeding up, time is money in our work, you only live once, etc. But we all know this, right? So why not look at it from a different perspective. Let’s start with a statement to see if you are critical and awake…
We should skip the time addiction. Eliminate this out of our lives. Time is a tool of our (past) production era, and not applicable anymore if we want to be happy in the present.
Everything we do every day in our (modern) society is based on the clock, and the duration of our efforts. We set our alarm to wake up, and do not awaken by a beautiful rising sun, the annoying rooster, or the biological rhythm of our body. We go to work by train, which is departing at 7:30 precisely. If you’re 30 seconds late you might have a problem. When you finally arrive at work your boss is waiting for you and would like to spank you, because you took 5 minutes from his time of production. And so on, you get the picture right? So there is no natural and authentic behavior anymore. We are driven by a mechanism which is invented in a past century. For a rational reason which has nothing to do with (y)our well-being, but with someone else’s benefits.
Please consider the high speed of technological developments which is taking place right now. The effect of all technical developments is with such great impact and intensity, we sometimes forget to realize the huge effects in our society, and in the end, on our own personal lives.
Under influence of these technical developments, some systems are developing more rapidly than others. With systems I mean the political system, the economic system, the cultural system etc. Some systems are old fashioned, and others have adapted to the new now. For example most political systems are founded in the 19th century or even older, where no real structural changes has been made since then, except the introduction of an electronic voting system perhaps. Another system example is the medical sector. Where DNA sequencing (analyzing and visualizing of DNA) is now so cheap it’s available to a large audience. This results in a shift towards preventive medical care instead of treating diseases afterwards. Do you see the various paces of the different systems in time?
The world wide web including all social media etc. is a system on itself. The number of participants in this (social?) system is so incredibly high, where all voices are heard and so much choices available. You could say it’s a new kind of “democracy” And do you realize that if Facebook were a country, it would be the biggest country in the world!
So where does this all leads us? If some systems don’t keep up with all technical developments their existence will be questioned. Timing is important but not the clock itself. The demand for more natural living will increase. We will decide how we live based on external information. This coming from your internet usage, and that of your neighbors, your co-workers and friends wherever they are on this planet. It will result in a power shift of systems. Where the (end?) control is done by artificial intelligence based on big data. We live in a parallel universe, soon. But time is on our side…