Technology as you know it has ceased to advance beyond its current state and it will never advance again.  No new ipod models, new cell phone features, or even new television sets.   This applies to all avenues of technology, not just consumer electronics.  Medical technology has stopped advancing as well, which means no new medicine or imaging machines.  What does this mean to you?  Are you satisfied at how far our world has come in the short time we’ve been around, or do you expect more?

We’ve become so accustomed to having a new model of something every year that the thought of nothing new ever again is sort of frightening.  The latest safety features on your car would finally be the latest, and you’d finally have that top of the line computer you wanted.  Seeing as how these objects will not be getting better models next year you’ll be happy to know you won’t feel like you’ve wasted your money on something that will be obsolete in a few months.

The worry you felt when you read the title of this post rests solely on our dependency on technology in our society.  Everywhere you look someone is on their blackberry sending emails, or you’re looking in your rear-view camera feature on your car to make sure you don’t bump the car behind you.  An extremely small percentage of the world would be unaffected if we were to stop making technological advancements.

Take for example the medical community.  It seems like they come out with a new drug every 2 – 3 months.  MRI and CAT scan machines are seeing a leap in advancements in what we can see and how we see it.  Yet now they’ve stopped advancing, and we’ll never be able to see exactly what causes Alzheimer’s disease, or we won’t be able to see exactly where the cancer is in a patient.

I’m not saying that we need to break our dependence on technology, but simply embrace it and make sure we’re striving to reach the next step.  There’s no telling where we will go in the next 10 years, but if our past is anything to base it on, then we’re headed towards advancements that could rival a sci-fi novel.

So the next time you’re on your cell phone, just think about what it would be like if you could never get a better model than what you’ve got in your hands.

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