Tough Technology

March 22, 2016 at 2:15 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

I’ve been wearing one of those step-tracker/personal trainer doohickeys since the end of last year and I have to admit, I’m a little addicted. I personally sport the Jawbone, which I think it more stylish than the Fit-Bit while doing  basically the same thing. This contraption counts my steps and tracks my sleep, which is basically all I wanted it to do and it does come in pretty handy. It’ll track my calories too but I mostly like to see how far I walk and how much I sleep I get because it entertains and motivates me. Case in point: I’ve hit or exceeded my 10,000 steps every day this year! My sleep, on the other hand, isn’t as strong. And the Jawbone notices these things – then completely calls me out on it, which I guess is the whole reason I got it.

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Word.

I worked an overnight at the Museum on Friday evening and I racked up over 17,000 steps by the end of the day (meaning midnight Friday night). But wait, there’s more! Since part of my job during these overnights involves making rounds through all of the exhibits to ensure kids and parents are eventually going to sleep, I keep busy long after midnight. As you can see from this screenshot, I walked over half of my daily goal in steps between midnight and 2am! And my whopping 2.5 hours of sleep was about average for the overnights, so there was no surprise there. But I did think it was funny to have my phone app lecturing me like my mom. It even told me to take a nap! Which I didn’t do. I’m a grown-ass woman who can sleep when I want and no pocket computer or fancy bracelet is going to make me do differently!

But really, I’m pretty tired this week and a nap sounds great. Is this what people mean about technology becoming smarter than us and taking over? Because if AI has a half of the discipline that my damn Jawbone seems to think I should have, we’re all screwed.

 

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Technophobia

December 12, 2013 at 11:43 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , )

In the last two weeks, I have acquired a brand new iPhone and a brand new Nook.  Now, I had a smartphone before and I also even possessed a Nook but both were leagues behind what I currently own.  My smartphone was smart but this iPhone could probably cook a meal for itself and then find the best way to clean up and dispose of the leftovers, while booking a flight across the country and answering questions regarding corn consumption in farm animals.  As for the Nook, the first one I had was the first generation and didn’t come equipped with a touch screen or backlight.  Both Nooks have been hand-me-downs from a particularly generous aunt of mine but this new one takes e-reading to a whole new level.  Between these new acquisitions and the laptop I already had, I’m beginning to feel a little overwhelmed.  What if it all decides to come together to ruin run my life?

One day the machines will rule us all!

Seriously, it wouldn’t be hard.  My iPhone knows my schedule, the names and contact information to all those most important to me, all inquiries I’ve made relating to things I may or may not be too embarrassed to admit to here and even my exact GPS coordinates.  The Nook knows what I’m reading and exactly how slow I’m reading it while my Macbook knows just about everything else, as well as having access to every family and vacation photo I’ve ever taken.  These three devices basically rule my world and I’m not exactly sure how I feel about that.  Sure, they’re all extremely convenient and handy and I’ll be the first to admit that carrying my Nook is a lot simpler than carrying my current book, which is The Count of Monte Cristo and clocks in at just under 1300 pages.  It’s also been really nice to watch Netflix on my phone while at the gym instead of trying not to stare at the jiggling ass of the person in front of me.  So yes, I’m getting spoiled but I still don’t know what to make of it.  I actually have a paperback copy of the book at home because I genuinely like reading from an actual book, so I’m still not sure I’m doing the whole Nook thing right.  Where’s the fine line between being far too reliant on technology and being a Luddite?  The world may never know.

Now if I could just get one of these contraptions to take care of mundane tasks like waiting on hold to talk to the insurance company, I’d be all set.  I’m currently at one hour and thirteen minutes – Blue Cross Blue Shield, my technology and I are coming for you!

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