Tech world all about gimmicks

It’s going from bad to worse with things like slo-motion selfies

People can’t seem to leave the cellphones alone while driving and it’s not going to get any better with more gizmos added to devices. (Photo by Black Press files)

Makes you wonder where technology is going.

The iPhone11 is being heavily advertised now with its new main feature of slow motion selfies. Really? Who cares?

And, yet, you know this is going to be a huge seller – mainly with the younger generation because it will be considered really cool to them even though its purpose is rather mundane.

It seems technology these days is about playing around rather than any useful additions.

It’s truly become a new form of addiction for millions. We’re on our computers at work, at home and on our devices most of the time in between or at the same time.

The self-driven car has surfaced and the bugs are being ironed out to perfect it. We’re apparently also on the verge of driverless boats, unmanned planes and lawnmowers that run by themselves.

What do we do, sit around and watch? Are we not capable of doing it ourselves or just becoming too darn lazy?

These so-called advances aren’t advances at all, but a waste of time that will cause more problems in the long run than be useful to humans.

This is not even to mention the waste of precious raw materials and damage to the environment created from making more of these contraptions.

The bottom line is if these items don’t sell and make millions for the manufacturers, they won’t be produced. But the sad thing right now is consumers are buying them in record numbers and it shows no signs of slowing down.

We’re obviously intent on unnecessary spending. Previous versions of phones and computers are being trashed quickly in favour of the new ones, adding to the waste pile that’s already out of control.

People like billionaire Elon Musk don’t help. If he has his way, civilians will be rocketing all over the universe making a mess of that as much as our own planet.

The sky’s the limit in the technology world, but we might be wise to put a cap on it and keep our feet on the ground for the betterment of society.

We have the power to dictate whether many of these inventions succeed or fail with our wallets. With the high cost of necessities these days, surely there are higher priorities.

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