First Love Replaced By Fake Love?

I am wondering how we have incorporated technology into our lives.  Discussing this with my students in our current unit about World War 1, we looked at the propaganda machine that drove public opinion toward favoring the Allied war effort as a holy quest to end the terror of the German warmongers.  For some reason, I immediately thought of this episode of The Twilight Zone.  Here, we have a man, convicted of a crime and exiled as punishment to a planet far from home.  IN an act of compassion, one of the supply ship crew members, which visited every few months or so, left a package for this man which contained the perfect companion, in the form of a woman.  She did everything for him and despite his initial rejection of her, stayed with him and served him.   Of course you can guess the outcome of the story, he eventually became reliant on her companionship, fell in love with her and so on.

One day, the supply ship returned with news his sentence had been commuted and they were to take him home.  Of course, she could not go, primarily because her mere presence was against the rules and if she left with him they all would be found out and a mess would ensue.  As a last resort, after the man’s interminable begging not to leave her, one of the crew shot her in the face, deactivating her and of course, showing her for what she really was:  a machine.

The moral of the story centered on how this man became reliant on this perfect woman who was programmed to meet his every need, to the point of being bereft of any sense of self-reliance.  And now you may ask, if you haven’t already, why I have gone through all of this?  The point is, how reliant have we become on machines to do our work for us?  When we misplace our cell phone, we turn the world upside down trying to find it.  When our computer crashes, our lives crash along with it.  When the net is down, the Earth ceases to spin on its axis.  I suppose I am asking how far can we go, should we go, in making machines so life-like and so “real” that we begin to replace warm-blooded human contact with them?  And at what expense?

Comment on Lifestream, Liked on YouTube: If we create female robots as perfect women, how will this affect us? by lmclagan

Renee , I work with dancers of all ages and I teach in a variety of educational settings. However, I particularly work with teenage girls in High School and most young girls that I come across have insecurities about their physical appearance. Through conversation I am overwhelmed at how many wish they looked like they did on social media. Through numerous apps, and online make up tutorial the girls have created a perfect image of themselves for the world to see. Looking through their online activity the girls seem confident, enthusiastic and proud of their identity. The comparison to women online is unfortunately causing the next generation to not only have insecurities but they are depressed that they do not look like their online avatar. I am left perplexed that pupils are suffering from depression and readily willing to undergo surgery to alter their physical appearance; like they do through their smartphone apps. If surgery and augmentation is starting earlier, will we have women in the future looking perfect, or will their be implications and the perfection will only be through technology?

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Hi Eli, I think our thoughts are overlapping and your post ‘Open – I feel vulnerable‘ resonates! As another multi-blogger it has me now thinking that even though we reflect openly in other spaces that we may be overly controlling them thus slightly defeating the purpose? If this is the case then I entirely agree with your question here – perhaps being pushed out of our comfort zones will change our assumptions and behaviours. I came across this tweet today which might nudge us on: https://twitter.com/KeeganSLW/status/823635493921419264

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Hey Clare,
this is something I am struggling with too. I think I am conditioned through my job that when I add anything to the web it has to meet certain standards of aesthetics and accessibility, the lifestream approach doesn’t really live up to this so I can’t help myself, I want to go back and edit, tweak and visualise everything.

I like to think that the concept of showing a stream of real life rather than presented life we see on facebook and Instagram is somehow more real and grittier. I think I understand it as a concept, as a kick back, doesn’t mean I enjoy it in this sense 🙂

I too have had a bit of a nightmare with IFTTT and wasted hours trying to get it to do something I could have done manually in half an hour so I feel your pain.

Maybe if we force ourselves to engage, we may be pleasantly surprised to see changes in our assumptions and maybe even our own behaviours by the end of the course?
Eli

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is there a term for when (e.g.) YouTube suggests one film to you after another, and gradually the trail gets grimier and grimier? Clearly my question assumes a certain user’s point of view, but I hope my description makes sense. If there’s not a term for it, can anyone invent one?

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cpsaros, you’re on the money with the getting sucked into content dynamic. The Pinterest emails are still flowing. Yesterday I got one from ‘them’inventing me to ‘explore this week’s trending searches’. The offer of “girls bedroom ideas, wedding hair and other search trends” was one I found easy to resist. I think their algorithm will have to try harder with me than that. I’ve started keeping the emails from them, to see how that unfolds.

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Good to be the testing-bed for many (welcome, those of you using me as a test for this or that IFTTT recipe – I hope this comes through to you loud and clear). Daniel, thank you for this comment. It’s interesting for my reflections if I am top of the list for everyone on the course. The scaffolding inevitably favours some with greater visibility than others, and no list is ever going to be flat, whether it’s this or a list of search-engine results. Now that I know it’s not just some personalised line-up for me alone, I’d better work hard now in trying to keep you all enjoying your visits 😉

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