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  • Genre:HUMOR
  • SubGenre:General
  • Language:English
  • Series title:Pondering
  • Series Number:1
  • Pages:108
  • Paperback ISBN:9781098304683

Pondering Our Ultra-Modern Times

by Milind Dattawadkar View author's profile page

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Whether you're a teenager or an elderly person, you are living in times that have been revolutionized by technology. The world is changing at a faster rate than ever before; these changes are constantly impacting your life and forcing you to adapt to new ways of dealing with the world. This book walks you through the vast advancements in science and technology over the past few decades, using cartoons to humorously highlight the impact they've had on human life. It's time for everyone to take a break and contemplate our ultra-modern times.
There is no doubt that the proliferation of technology has dramatically changed our world, with countless positive impacts. It's almost unreal to see toddlers playing with iPhones and people in their 80s using WhatsApp and Facetime to communicate with their families around the world. However, a side effect of the increasing availability of technology has been a corresponding increase in the strain it's put on humans. In today's developed and developing world, the majority of people have become busier than ever before, constantly engaged in reading, viewing, creating and engaging with content. Booking travel, conducting banking transactions, or buying things has never been easier—something which has spurred significant economic growth. However, technological improvement has also disrupted traditional business models, and many longstanding businesses have gone bankrupt as a result. This has birthed an interesting dichotomy, where even as millions of new jobs are created people are losing their existing jobs at a faster rate than ever before. The net effect of this is that everybody is now "on the run". There is a constant rush to remain on top of technology and be current, for fear of becoming extinct. This has caused significant changes in many aspects of life, including family dynamics, human-pet relationships, and our attitude towards the environment. This has raised a few important questions: Has our increasing access to information actually made us smarter? Has the propagation of mass communication tools actually improved our ability to communicate? Have inventions designed to make our lives easier truly improved our quality of life? For amidst all this change, many things have remained constant—nature's cycles, human physiology, the number of hours available in a day. In the face of such contrast, the time has come to break through the noise, reduce the stress caused by our constantly changing lifestyle, and bring some sanity back to our lives. This book is an attempt to capture my own ponderings on the vast innovations in science and technology over the last few decades, and the impact they've had on human life. I think it's time for everyone to take a break and contemplate our ultra-modern times. Human life is too rich of an experience to be wasted in being a slave to technology, merely a tiny node amidst the vast universe of the Internet.
About the author
Milind Dattawadkar has worked in the technology industry for over 30 years as an engineer and entrepreneur. In his career, he has had firsthand experience in several stages of the technology revolution, having worked with technologies as diverse as punch cards and the blockchain. Throughout this journey, he's always found joy in observing the impact of technology on human life.
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