Sharon Boyle: Will Technology Tell Me if I’m Going to Like You. 

Topic: Will technology tell me if I’m going to like you?

When I was a kid, everyone talked about how robots were going to take over our lives, do everything for us and steal our jobs by the 1990’s. We spent most of the nineties laughing at the naivety of these predictions.

Fast forward to 2016 and technology is indeed on the cusp of running our lives for us. Driverless cars are becoming a reality, we have apps that tell us when to sleep, wake, how well we slept, what to eat and who we might date. Facebook is not creeping us out, even though it is putting content to suit our mood and people we might want to “friend” in front of us all the time.

We are in danger of raising children that are completely brainwashed by technology. Will we get to a point that we won’t trust the human race to make independent decisions because computer technology is smarter than us? If a car driven by a computer is safer than human drivers then is it impossible to think that we will have wearable technology that will profile that person across the room at a party and let it determine if we are likely to get along based on interests?

See Sharons submission on 'The Truth, you can’t handle the truth (unless you can dig deep)’ for #cong15, 'Has the postman read my email?’ for #cong14 and 'A world divided – education, technology and creativity’ for #cong13

Sharon’s blog buddy is Alan Tyrrell.

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