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Humanity keeps coming back to bite…

November 13, 2013

I thought this article was pretty observant, (and frankly I probably appreciated it bc I think the guy is likely the same generational mindset as me….I like it because it’s witty, makes well structured arguments, and bonus – he agrees with me!)

PC Mag: “Many people are hooking themselves up to wearable and costly self-analysis sensors and monitoring everything. There are sensors to record your elevated heart rate and your fluctuating blood sugar levels. You might even get a text message warning you about the changes. These hypochondriacs-in-training who think it’s cool and important to know how their blood pressure is affected by an elevator ride are the first ones likely to hit by a bus.”

And then he goes on to talk about human nature – essentially, when competing based on talent, achievement, etc is no longer cool, we’ll compete on health. But really, the first world culture of today in the end still competes on consumption

Turns out people do indeed like to compete and win but it’s pretty lame when the winner  doesn’t win out of genuine dedication or, heaven forbid, actual talent, but instead wins because he waited in line overnight to be the first one to snag the new iPhone or because she can afford to drop $1,500 on Google Glass just to take low-res photos.

As I’ve been interacting with a larger group of adults lately, it’s pretty amazing the sensitivities over gluten, dairy, etc. There’s a theory that we should all feel great all the time & there must be a cure, something we can do differently. While I’m all for being healthy – working out 3-5 times a week, trying to maintain a mostly low/no carb (outside fruit) diet – for some people it’s more about self reflection & competing on the basis of who needs to have the most adjustments to their diet, or needs the acupuncturist or….whatever

One of the guys in my org sent me this – it’s not short, it’s not for the easily offended, but the money line is fairly early in the video & it goes on and on and on from there (hint – if your favorite show is Scooby Doo, well, there you go). If you do listen, you’ll get weary of the rant shortly after hearing this statement:

Tim Minchin’s Storm: ““You know what they call ‘alternative medicine’ that has been scientifically proven to work?  Medicine!”

I think the Google Glass/wearables is just another form of creating an identity & advertising it – perhaps less permanent and painful to remove than a tattoo – but still about advertising to the world who we want to be seen and perceived as. Similar to the diet issues & alternative medicine – perhaps much of it is real – but competitiveness seems to worm its way into nearly every human interaction. Augmenting the human with tattoos, different diets, Google glasses & wearable tech doesn’t take the human condition away

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One Comment leave one →
  1. November 13, 2013 9:50 pm

    There’s such a thing as being overwhelmed by data. It doesn’t take a lot for some people.

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