“By bone conduction we already introduce sounds: into the nerve channels of the deaf in order that they may hear. Is it not possible that we may learn to introduce them without the present cumbersomeness of first transforming electrical vibrations to mechanical ones, which the human mechanism promptly transforms back to the electrical form? With a couple of electrodes on the skull the encephalograph now produces pen-and-ink traces which bear some relation to the electrical phenomena going on in the brain itself. True, the record is unintelligible, except as it points out certain gross misfunctioning of the cerebral mechanism; but who would now place bounds on where such a thing may lead?”
My first thought while reading through this article: medicine. I would not have the career I currently have without the extensive medical advancements that have been made in the past 50 years. The intricacy of a machine with the ability to visualize the inside of the human body and diagnose an issue is mind boggling. The excited mother-to-be waiting anxiously to see a 3D image of her first born child, the fear combined with relief of a child who was diagnosed with cancer; however, because of technology it was discovered in time. These marvels are what cross my thoughts when I hear “technology”.
“Consider a future device for individual use, which is a sort of mechanized private file and library. It needs a name, and, to coin one at random, “memex” will do. A memex is a device in which an individual stores all his books, records, and communications, and which is mechanized so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility. It is an enlarged intimate supplement to his memory.”
The second trail my mind takes me on is today’s technology. While technology has brought us so far, I feel it has also set us back. We live in a world with technology at our fingertips. I see kids who spend their days with eyes glued to some sort of screen whether it be the television, tablet, or phone. Imagination has gone out the window. I spent my days as a child playing “doctor” or “pioneer” outside with my friends. Now, I ask my friends what they want to do and the most common answer heard will be “watch a movie”. What happened to the days of going out, using imagination and finding adventure?
So while technology has brought us so far, I must remind myself daily to set down the phone, turn off the TV, and find an adventure.