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Is technology the solution, or the problem?

My grandfather always used to say, “are you part of the problem, or part of the solution? It is not an easy question to answer. Many of us struggle with the question for most of our lives. Situations change, problems arise and decline, and in some cases, we are part of the problem; we are part of the solution. As a technologist, I often look at solutions to problems. Here is the thing that 30 years’ experience in the IT world has taught me.

Most problems are related to how people use the solution.

That is not a condemnation of users, simply the reality that I built a solution to a problem. I perceived that problem. I perceived the solution and acted on it. The reality of that is that I look at things differently than you do. Most likely, you and I or we or them or someone else looks at things very differently than I would or you would. Or, for that matter, we would.

As I peer into my crystal ball seeking solutions to problem suing technology, I often realize that it is harder for someone people to understand the technology. It, technology, creates a fear reaction in some. I have a really good friend that has spent his life as a Car Mechanic. He is really good; when I lived in Indiana, I always took my car to him. But, he hates technology. He will use it only because it is in the cars he repairs, but he doesn’t use it outside of work. That is certainly one way to live your life. I have another friend who is a doctor, and he spends his life seeking technology that will help his patients. He is the person that turned me on the FitBit technology when it was first available. He embraces new technology in the exercise area.

But, both of my friends who are very knowledgeable in their fields (and people I trust and rely on) don’t use technology as I do. In realizing that, I changed my technology posts over the past couple of years. I no longer talk about technology that is so far away from where most people are, that they don’t understand. It isn’t that they are mad or frustrated with me; there isn’t a connection between the technology and them. That connection is what drives me. It is what drives everyone in their lives. What we are connected to is very important.

So, I will once again offer to read and share your old posts!

I am picking a user a day and going back and reading their old posts and sharing them.

  • Question of

    Will you share in the comments what you are passionate about?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Will you share an old post you are proud of in the comments?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you ever wonder why technology is moving so fast?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    It is ok to be afraid of change right?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    We as a community have to band together. Right?

    • Yes
    • No

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Written by DocAndersen

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  1. Q: WILL YOU SHARE IN THE COMMENTS WHAT YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT?
    Yes (9 votes) – 90%
    No (1 votes) – 10%
    Q: WILL YOU SHARE AN OLD POST YOU ARE PROUD OF IN THE COMMENTS?
    Yes (6 votes) – 86%
    No (1 votes) – 14%
    Q: DO YOU EVER WONDER WHY TECHNOLOGY IS MOVING SO FAST?
    Yes (6 votes) – 75%
    No (2 votes) – 25%
    Q: IT IS OK TO BE AFRAID OF CHANGE RIGHT?
    Yes (8 votes) – 89%
    No (1 votes) – 11%
    Q: WE AS A COMMUNITY HAVE TO BAND TOGETHER. RIGHT?
    Yes (8 votes) – 89%
    No (1 votes) – 11%

  2. For me, all the new technology is more of a problem than a solution … I have to re-learn everything and I don’t like it the most …. I learn what I need …. as I would hardly know how to drive a car right now this technology … for me, many innovations are unnecessary …. how did we drive 10 years ago?

  3. This is very true! Many professionals, not only in IT, sometimes forget that others don’t have the same knowledge and experience they do. And lack of experience in a certain area doesn’t mean that people are not good in another one.

  4. This rings in my head “Your mission Ghostwriter, should you choose to accept it ….. Well yes, but it might take some time. You see, I really don’t know what I am proud of. Some of the things that I thought were great ideas and profound, clearly weren’t. I probably won’t find one today, but I am on the lookout.

    I am excited to share others that I find fabulous.

    I am working on it.

  5. It is not the problem but how it is used. For eg facial recognition is great when used for logging in at your work spot or gaining entry into your office and the like. But when it is used to nail you for criminal charges or gets into the hands of unethical people then it is scary.
    Technology currently is spearheaded by a few IT giants who have their own agenda. Nothing is regulated here.. especially talking about AI. This scene worries me a great deal.

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