TOMORROWLAND'S FORECAST is a recurring column related to all things tomorrow - from emerging tech and culture trends to breakthroughs in artificial intelligence to new entertainment and inventions that are helping change the way we experience and understand the world around us. In short, it's a glimpse into what the future might hold for humanity as we try and answer the ever-present question: What happens next?
Last week, a failed attempt at multitasking while in the bathroom embarrassingly resulted in me having to fish my pristine iPhone 5 out from the toilet bowl. My subsequent attempt to salvage the water-logged phone by placing it uncooked rice overnight unfortunately failed, forcing me “off the grid” for 3 days until a replacement was shipped to my house.
As this was the first time I’d ever broken one of my phones, it ended up being the longest separation I’d ever had from a mobile phone since I was a kid. And while I’d heard other people who had gone through similar situations say the temporary lack of a cell phone was “freeing” in a sense, for me it was just a frustrating and sobering reminder of how increasingly dependent many of us are on technology.
No longer could I quickly check the weather app and see if I needed to bring a coat for potential cold fronts in the evening. I couldn’t check my email on the go, couldn’t read the daily headlines and, worst of all, couldn’t enjoy the sublime perfection of Flappy Bird while on the bus home from school (kidding….mostly).
And don’t even get me started on how difficult it was navigating around town without Google Maps. Honestly, I don’t have the slightest clue how people in the 80's managed to get to their destinations on time…
Being “off the grid” was such an alien experience to me that once I finally got my replacement phone, I immediately felt an overwhelming sense of relief, like a vital part of who I was had returned to me.
This renewed feeling of “normalcy” with phone in hand made me think about all the things I (and millions of others) depend on technology to either accomplish or help with. Our phones and computers already aid us with so much in our daily lives: banking, gaming, reading, writing, monitoring work-outs, entertainment, work, sex, scheduling, socializing, etc, etc the list goes on. With this list constantly expanding, is it that much of a stretch then to think one day down the road we will also come to rely on our technology for companionship, intimacy, potentially even love?
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