Is the Technology Bubble Going to Burst Us?

by Jeffrey S. Deckman 11. October 2011 22:34

This is a fascinating time to be alive and doing the work I get to do as a consultant where I focus upon trying to understand and then help my clients respond to emergent conditions. Never have we experienced so much uncertainty and calamity on such a grand scale. 

And as far as what I see I think are going to get really bad..... Like "historically bad" before it gets better. 

Could it be that humans, through the proliferation of, and the exponential growth of technology and connectivity, have for the first time "created" a world society that is far too complex, interconnected and fast paced for us to be able to manage? I have to wonder how close we are to reaching the breaking point of our civilization's ability to survive at its current rate of progression. 

We are unique as a species in that we have the ability, by and large, to create the environment in which we live. So far this has helped us to evolve in a relatively steady upward trend both consciously and culturally. 

But we may have become the first species to evolve our surroundings to a point where we are no longer capable of surviving in them. With the run away combination that we call "Apps and Connectivity" we are using technology to accelerate the speed, interconnectedness and therefore the complexity of our world beyond anything ever imagined and I would argue, beyond our human ability to keep pace with. 

Currently our abilities to generate, distribute, access, receive and use information, and our precarious level of dependency on technology, is increasing at a rate of speed which is threatening our abilities to function in the societies and constructs we have purposefully and deliberately created for ourselves over hundreds and even thousands of years. 

The signs of stress are are appearing everywhere. Increasing incidents of global economic, political and social chaos are a result of the fact that our large and lumbering governmental, educational and economic institutions upon which the "modern world" have been built are incapable of reacting to the pace of the modern world. Literally all of them were designed to succeed in conditions that were infinitely slower, more predictable and less connected than the world technology is creating. Neither our societal models nor bodies or minds were designed for this level of complexity or the level of, or speed of, change that the modern world delivers.....CONSTANTLY.

 Add to this the sobering notion that, for the first time in history, technologies are driving us. This can be demonstrated by the increasingly documented incidents of "addiction" to emails, cell phones and technology at all levels which are being documented and attested to. We are losing control. And it is showing. 

We have punched our ticket for the "Technology Express" and none of us can get off of it now. 

It's like we built a rocket, loaded it with high octane petro, strapped our butts to it and lit the fuse not knowing how far or fast it is capable of going and we have no ability to steer it, stop it or to even slow it down. 

And this bad boy is picking up speed and starting to wildly careen out of control. None of us have ever traveled this fast, this far, or to this place. I believe that we have, for the first time since the collapse of the Roman Empire, created a world who's complexities FAR exceed our abilities to live in them, and if we haven't gotten there yet we soon will be. 

And just like my dear friend Wyle E. Coyote who, when screaming through the air strapped to an ACME rocket, first sees the canyon wall he is going to smash into we need to surrender ourselves to the most probable predictable outcome because it's gonna hurt like HELL..... Blink....blink. 

But like Wyle AND the Terminator, we too will "Be back". It just may take a while for us to pick up the pieces, re-establish the balance between humans and technologies and put humans back in control. But in the meantime it is going to be one heck of a ride and I am fascinated to be able to be a part of it and to witness this amazing time in history.

Even it is a bit unsettling.... But then so was WWII, the Great Depression, the decade of the 60's, the Civil War, etc, etc, etc.....

 Just another day on planet earth. But for me, I am going to try to get back in balance a bit now, before it is forced upon me. Get back to the basics that worked so well for so long by putting humans first, get more disconnected down time, go hang out in a forest and experience the world and begin to experience the world as it is more.

And we will just see where it goes from here....... 


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