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The Ups and Downs of Technology

By December 13, 2023No Comments

Recently my iPhone was not connecting very well in my office, for reasons unknown. So, I used our “extra” line, which is a modern flip-phone. No problems. Sometimes the basics are better.

The same with cars. We have a new car and one thing I don’t like is everything is controlled on a touchscreen. No knobs, buttons, etc. At least our other car is more human friendly.

On the flip side (pun intended, from above), Jessica and I attended an event at Seattle U’s Family Business Exchange with a speaker on AI. One of his examples was (on the pro version of Chat GPT):

Draw a comic picture of four Seattle U students eating burgers on campus.

Within 60 seconds the screen had two, full-color drawings of students eating with Seattle U landmarks in the background. Sixty seconds, wow!

This was exactly why my friend John Pletsch (Electric Pen, a marketing and branding firm) told me graphic design jobs will be extinct within five years.

The question for all of us is, are we using enough technology and, at the same time, not using too much? There is still a lot of value to the human element.

“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance; it is the illusion of knowledge.” Stephen Hawking

“If you can do a half-assed job of anything, you’re a one-eyed man in the kingdom of the blind.” Kurt Vonnegut