I really can’t imagine a day where technology at some level doesn’t play some factor in my life.
Most of my work resolves around data communications. So I’m working with building the internet, large and small networks, computers and other solutions involving computer and data related technology. A lot of my other every day work involves me sitting around in front of computers, doing audio and/or video work, document capture, media capture(including film) as well as consulting. Also, you have to think that the only way people can respond to this and “do your own work for you” is via this methood of technology.
My preferred line of work, pro audio, is deeply immersed in technology. Analog vs. digital is a big arena. Digital consoles vs analog consoles. Analog recording solutions vs digital recording solutions. Microphones may seem a bit strange, but I must sometimes choose a particular type of microphone technology that I feel will work best for a particular source, which can be dynamic, ribbon or condenser. I do not currently have any carbon mics or any tube mics, well, at least not for production Carbon mics are still commonly used in telephones. Tube microphones can be very affordable.
My work with pro audio and computers frequently crosses paths or integrates. As well as with lighting. I do lighting as well. Lighting is very technology driven, moving from conventional(incandescent) to LED’s. My control of lighting has moved from a simple DMX controller to one software/computer basd package to another computer based package. My lights have expanded from being controller by dimmer and power packs, to also include intelligent lighting and foggers, which also include LED PAR-type lights and even moving head fixtures. Shows have gone from sound, lighting and video being their own stand-alone universes, to in some cases, the video driving a lot of the audio and lighting and hence automation. Ah, time code and sequencing!
How many of us can’t even function without our cell phones? Yeah, that’s what they thought, most of us here.
Entertainment can often be in the form of various forms of technology. Video games and TV come to mind, as well as movies. I tend to leave printed books, magazines and other print media off of this list, mostly since I’m not talking about the technology behind making them as well as getting them into your hands.
Even our yoyo hobby has gone high-tech. When I started(and then stalled and then stopped) in 1978, the Duncan Imperial and Butterfly were where it was at. The better people got Butterfly, the rest got Imperial(for the most part). So, you can imagine my temporary brain overload when I discovered ball bearings in yoyos. Response systems may not be as high tech, but it’s still technology. The technology that went into designing and making the yoyos is amazing. Then again, I think CNC machines are pretty cool. Not as technical(so it seems) are the plastic injection molding processes used for the plastic components. Going more “stone age” so to speak, are the wood yoyos, which still requiring some decent technology in the form of lathes.
Too many of my kids toys involve electronics. I’m kinda going on an anti-battery period, which is part of what got me to choose yoyo as something to amuse myself with. Fortunately the kids seem to be in it with me on this whole yoyo thing.
I have to drive to my in-laws shop to do stuff there. I need to drive my truck to sites to do gigs. Gas vs. diesel technology, since my truck is diesel. Plus, the technology I encounter along the way… stop signs, magnetic sensors, video cameras for monitoring traffic as well as photo enforcement of people running stop lights. There’s also an area that lights a sign between 4PM and 6PM for “no U-Turn”, so they have to transmit a network clock to the traffic signal controller that also knows when to turn that sign on and off. There’s also the strobe sensors for emergency vehicles so emergency vehicles ca manipulate the traffic signals so they can speed to incidents. Plus, there’s various controllers and timers for turning the street lights on and off.
A bit more passive reminders is aircraft, especially when you’re not using it yourself. I’m often reminded of this due to the darn near constant low-flying helicopters in my area.
On a more personalized level, some people need technology to survive. There are motorized limbs, things like pacemakers, kidney dialysis machines, people who have to test for diabetes, hearing aids and even cochlear implants that can enable hearing(to various degrees of success). There’s other medical miracles of technology that I can’t describe enough to be useful to you. My experience with medical technology that I can be aware of was being connected to a heart monitor when I had a bad reaction to a medicine. A little back story, I had hiccups that lasted a week, and the doctors were trying to treat it with drugs, which honestly didn’t help. I had a reaction to the thorazine that was well documented, so I had to go into the ER and as part of their precautionary practices, hooked me up to a heart monitor. I was Ok, they just had to give me a shot of what was an antihistamine and I was doing a lot better in 20 minutes. Other than that, my experience with medical technology is either something I’m NOT allowed to discuss, OR getting calls from the doctor’s offices to remind me of things like appointments.
For the most part, none of us can escape technology. If you’re reading this, then that proves it right there. But even for those living in the middle of nowhere, like it or not, even trying to live “off the grid”, technology still applies, just at a different level. Unless we’re running around naked and eating bugs and plants and sleeping in caves or under trees and other coverings, we’re affected by technology in some way.
But if you’re naked and eating bugs and plants, then you’re not reading this and clearly this doesn’t apply to you! Now go put some pants on!