When everything is interconnected we lose … something
In the future, a wide range of technology from vehicles to refrigerators will all be interconnected in a network and capable to communicate- and exchange data with each other to compile the best suited experience for the user - a phenomenon known as the internet of things. When everything around us is connected we.
Objects which once were operated by you, now operates by itself. But objects will no longer only be objects in the future. Apart from its primary purpose, it will be a collector of data which is not only relevant for the thing itself, but also for other objects it is related to. What the refrigerator collect is also relevant for the 3D-scanning mirror which calculate your body- and muscle fat.
The interconnectedness makes the human interaction with technology more holistic and will be an even more integrated part of our daily life in the future. As the refrigerator knows what to purchase in order to balance the right set of nutritions, it affects the way we act and perceive in our everyday life. Once we remembered twelve different phone numbers, now we might remember two - since our cell phone contain them all, and thus it is no longer any need for us. We are not becoming less intelligent, but our needs are constantly changing due to technology.
As technology continually affects the human experience, people will gradually adopt their expectations. Those with access to the newest technology have the opportunity to choose what and how they want to spend their ‘regained’ time as technology take over what was once their business. But as the technology take over, humans become accustomed to have something else monitor what they once monitored. The majority do not know how to download a program - they just press ‘recommended installment’ and the computer does it for you.
To let technology exploit the traces of data we leave has great potential to ease our everyday (as long as the regained time and energy are used properly) but we must beware of the potential danger to make humans dependent to be independent.