Over the course of history, people are averse to change. When new technologies are introduced, there is always an initial period of fear for many and they let the brave guinea pigs go first to show that everything is safe. That even applies to fashion trends because it takes some brave souls to start the trend and then others will follow along. In terms of technology, some have even said that we should stop advancing technology where we are. We have the ability to do enough for what we deserve ultimately, so should we keep pushing into the unknown? Obviously the answer is yes, but the realities of new technology can be scary. Are we really ready for what is about to come next? History would show that we are absolutely not ready, although there is some hope for the future. I will show you a couple of examples of new technology and how they have changed things.
Bird scooters are another thing that popped up seemingly out of nowhere and have added another transportation option in multiple cities. Mark Zuckerberg has a mantra to “move fast and break things” and this was a bit of the case with the scooters. Although they say you need a helmet, nobody wears them. They say how to place the scooter when you are done, but nobody follows the rules and the scooters are a nuisance on sidewalks. The technology comes first and the laws follow after.
Mark Zuckerberg is an interesting figure because his “move fast and break things” motto led to some fairly despicable data manipulation that Zuckerberg allowed to happen right under his nose. It is what might have swung the 2016 election in the favor of a reality star because of companies like Cambridge Analytica. The election tampering brought about a serious discussion about the power of technology that is still not settled. There was recently a court case about the president’s Twitter account and his ability to block citizens, which shows just how fresh things are. We are not ready for what is coming next, but we definitely have the ability to adapt to whatever challenges we will face.
Uber was a revelation for many people. I was talking to someone the other day that lives in Vancouver, which has kept ride-share out, and I joked how I do not remember how to live life without ride sharing. The reality for someone in a big city is that you were much more likely to make a terrible mistake and drive drunk than look for an expensive cab. Uber made cabs instantly available. GPS in phones made it a reality because you can locate the passengers and drivers do not need to study maps of the city like they do to get medallions in cities like London or New York. For taxi drivers, Uber has been a plague that is wiping them out. They have fought tooth and nail to keep ride sharing out, but it is worldwide and here to stay. Were cab drivers ready? No. But the world has had to adapt.