Technology

BlueTechTechnological advances can be defined as making things more accessible.  Any previous process, implementation, tool, application, or direction that has been improved has simply pushed forward the ease by which things are comprehended and directed.

In this sense, technology should target areas in which we, as humans, need the most intervention.  Specifically the ability to organize and recall information and the manipulation of the world around us.  The main means by which we take on information is through visual stimulus.  Our brains are engineered for quick comprehension through our eyes.  They are the primary means and fastest means we have available to take on the most information.  All manipulation of the environment around us is primarily done with our hands which leads to the idea that interaction with the environment is tactile.  If we wish for manipulation to be done indirectly, we use voice and language.  This means that anytime we wish for action to be carried out beyond our direct manipulation of the environment, we instigate speech.  This leads to two fundamental premises of technology.  1) All information should be visual.  2) All manipulation should be tactile or directed by voice.

It is easy to then assess the recent hallmarks in technology as it pertains to the world of computers.  Keyboards are both a tactile and language pathway necessary for command.  Screens provide visual representations of information that can be quickly scanned and comprehended.  Progression in operating systems and environments has simply furthered these principles providing easier to use visual overlays, and better interaction with mice.  It is no wonder that handheld devices that combine direct tactile manipulation and clean, visually appealing displays have done so well–they target, at their heart, the two premises of technology as outlined above.  The ultimate execution of technology, therefore, would be access to all information in a comprehensible visual manner that is directed by hand and voice.

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