- At about 3:40 CST, or probably about 1 hour into the show, there was some discussion about digital assistants being able to point you to which aisle the milk is on, and how we’re moving to a future where service businesses need fewer and fewer employees.
Us in technology circles often talk about the potential economic consequences of this future (cf. Mr. Yang and the UBI), but just as much as the economics, I wonder about the cultural and societal consequences that might result from less and less actual face time and fewer human interactions.
Some say that we’re becoming more social in a different way, and that’s certainly true, but what are the psychological implications of moving more and more of our interactions to the same screens where we deal with the false reality of television and video games? Does this tempt the brain into dehumanizing actual reality?
Mental health experts say that we need physical contact, or hugs, for our well being. I wonder what they would say about a world where we walk into Burger King, press a button on a screen, tap our phone, and a meatless Whopper is delivered to the counter without any human interaction.
This kinda feels a thread that would belong more on some TWIG show, but I wonder what others think.