Recent market trends have shown computers are not as popular as they used to be. Technology analyst Gartner released a report recently stating it predicts tablet sales to increase 50 percent this year, while traditional personal computer sales are expected to decline about 10 percent. It seems people are sacrificing their keyboards for the increased mobility of products like the iPad or Kindle Fire.
With tablets becoming increasingly popular, some might worry that our society is becoming overly saturated with technology, which many critics argue can only lead to an inorganic form of life in which we become slaves to our own technological obsessions. Many critics of modern technology point to the masses of zombie-like people who cannot walk, talk, or even eat without putting down their smartphones. To those critics, tablet manufacturers only give smartphone users an even bigger screen to stare at.
While it is by no means admirable to use technology every second of every day like some do, there is exhilarating promise in the rise of the tablets. The increasing popularity of tablets is not going to create a whole new generation of the obsessed. The rise of the tablets simply illustrates the ever-increasing mobility of information technology. As information becomes more accessible and less expensive to obtain, more people will become linked in to the growing global network that is our world.
Many disagree with my optimistic view of technology. Many think the growing global network, more commonly known as the Internet, will simply serve as a new platform for human conflict when government censorship, malicious hackers and tech company monopolies take control of the information age, and to a growing extent, our lives.
However, critics need to realize that technology, from the first primitive spears to the latest tablets and software, has always been a double-edged sword. Society cannot simply impede the progress of technology for the fear it will extend or diversify its conflicts. Technology can be a great benefactor or a great malefactor, depending on how a society chooses to wield it. How society chooses to deal with the rise of the tablets will determine, to a large extent, the role technology plays in the coming years of our conflict-ridden era. It is better to support the progression and evolution of technology in the hope it can be used to solve increasingly complex problems, rather than suppress innovation, only to ensure our current conflicts remain unchanged.
Since the beginning of civilization, humans have created technology in order to better serve our intentions. The creation of the computer, and now the tablet, was yet another grand accomplishment of the human race. As tablets outrun computers in the markets, and as information technology becomes ever more accessible to the world at large, we can only imagine what the future will look like. You can dream of whatever you wish, but I’m going to dream of a great one, one in which technology allows the human race to be connected in all ways for the first time.