Amazon is trying to get into every business- to be the point of purchase of and for everything Americans do and buy.
Over and above e-commerce for non-necessities, Amazon is working to have drones make deliveries for immediate and necessary needs, such as food and drugs, so that contact between people while shopping becomes entirely unnecessary.
Why? Why is it so bad or so hard to go out to buy food when we want it? What is it out there that scares Amazon so?
Technology companies seem to me to have the overriding goal, besides to make money, that no one should have to interact with other people. This appears to be a theme that weaves through new technologies- especially of the largest companies.
Facebook wants socializing to take place on the Internet. It wants us to have Facebook friends and Facebook interactions.
Uber wants us to get into cars with no drivers.
Match wants us to date from our couches, rather than socialize in person.
LinkedIn wants us to have fake and shallow business relationships rather than be out building real ones with people we actually meet and enjoy.
Netflix wants us to watch movies alone at home and not in movie theaters with other people who have similar tastes in entertainment with whom we can share the experience.
Yelp wants local businesses, and their owners and their employees, to be degraded by local customers.
More and more, customer service is going to be handled by artificial intelligence; more of our jobs, too.
Apple has us text and not talk. Even voice texting is available where we can talk to the phone and send the message rather than talking to the recipient directly. The phone is a buffer.
Manufacturers of driverless cars not only will have us not interacting with other drivers, they will have us not even interacting with ourselves!- not enjoying the driving process, or enjoying the feel of driving a sports car, or thinking, evaluating, making judgments, reacting, or interacting with the world around us- doing away with the sensation of awareness … and the privilege of feeling alive. They’d have us sit there like lumps on logs, like zombies, staring out the car window.
People walk down the streets with headphones and ear buds, lost in their own heads and their own worlds, not saying hello, or smiling, or tendering the common courtesy of a “thank you” when someone holds a door. And if you bump into someone and apologize graciously, they can’t even hear you and just keep walking with their expressionless faces unaltered.
In the cases of each business mentioned above, the less we interact with people directly and the more we use the above services to interact with others and engage life, the more money the company makes.
Is technology all about hatred of people- a distaste for human interaction and socialization? Is technology just a bunch of companies who either want people to stay separated, or people who just hate people and feel we should not have to interact with each other?
Technology companies -Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg, specifically- said they wanted to provide “the democratization of information” and “more meaningful relationships”- but technology is doing exactly the opposite. Information is entirely unreliable and people have never been more isolated and separated from each other. We don’t shop in town- we shop at stores across the globe. We can’t figure out if we should consider a social media friend a real friend. We instantly discard people we meet in online dating apps because of one bad picture or one disagreeable thought with no context. Businesses serve customers who enter into their virtual stores from God-knows-where in the world. And as for information- unedited and unchecked comments from people without credibility and with their own agendas thrive across the Internet.
The history of our country, of our world, has been based upon personal and business relationships and socializing. So I guess the new business idea was to reverse it all so that there is none of that- so that people no longer matter to each other. This all has no purpose, except just to do it for the sake of doing it. No one seems the slightest bit happier – just the opposite.
So, what is going on? Why is technology all about reducing and diminishing and minimizing human interaction and personal relationships as much as possible? And where is this all leading?
Neil S. Siskind, Esq., President
The Siskind Law Firm
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– Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston, MA, 1994, Intern
– Office of Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Newington, CT, 1992, Intern
– Hartford County Department of Probation, Hartford, CT, 1991, Intern
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