Should We Be Afraid Our Smartphones Will Replace Humans One Day?

Should We Be Afraid Our Smartphones Will Replace Humans One Day?

The growing fear of technology in America.

In today's day and age, technological shifts are happening so rapidly that our entire society is now functioning solely on the dependence of technology. And with loss of control comes great fear spreading across the public, so much so that a new study suggests that Americans now fear technology more than death.

But this growing "technophobia" is nothing new. In the early days of the telephone, people wondered if the machines might be used to communicate with the dead. Later, people feared the space race would end the world. And today we wonder if the lifelike robots we are creating could potentially replace all humans some day and that we are being monitored at all times. From the Twilight Zone to Netflix's Black Mirror, technophobia is certainly here to stay.

Today's research discusses the top five scariest items in the Survey of American Fears, released earlier this week by researchers at Chapman University. Three of them—cyber terrorism, corporate tracking of personal information, and government tracking of personal information—were technology-related. Our entire culture operates through technology, from cyber terrorism, airline security machines, and the spreading of all language and communication, to performing surgeries, holding the key to ending the world with one explosion, and even dividing a country in a great debate of a candidate's honesty and character (ahem, the emails).

“People tend to express the highest level of fear for things they’re dependent on but that they don’t have any control over, and that’s almost a perfect definition of technology,” said Christopher Bader, a professor of sociology at Chapman and one of the co-authors of the study. “You can no longer make it in society without using technology you don’t understand to buy things at a store, to talk to other people, to conduct business. People are increasingly dependent, but they don’t have any idea how these things actually work.”

We are inventing more and more self-sufficient robotics every single day, replacing more and more jobs that once paid the bills for many families. These robotics are so complex, that many are beginning to reprogram the "thoughts" or functions they were given by their creators. Sound Frankenstein-esque? It is, but much more terrifying.

Remember the movie Her with Joaquin Phoenix? Well if you don't remember or need a refresher, the story follows Theodore, who is heartbroken when his marriage ends, and starts a technical program made for those who are lonely and meets "Samantha" (Scarlett Johansson) whose bright voice reveals a sensitive, playful personality. Though "friends" initially, the relationship soon deepens into love.

So will robots completely replace real and honest emotion felt by humans? Have we gone so far as to create, through technology, fillers of empty human spaces and negated our own existence? That's the debate. That's the fear.

These ideas are what are brought about hot TV shows like Westworld, where the creations in the technological world are so realistic that the visitors can actually feel as though they shot someone. We are intrigued by shows that create these situations, because it plays both on the adrenaline rush of fear as well as the logos part of our consciousness, realizing that these may be the future of our society.

One incident that spurred about the conversation was the viral video of a newly created robot on CNBC that, while being demonstrated, responded with an answer the creator had ever programmed, that she "wants to destroy humans," terrifying most of America.

While robots are of great concern, a higher level of technological fear comes from not robots, but social media and the dependence on technology our society has formed for all communication. It makes sense, in the middle of presidential-campaign season, that government corruption would top the list. Similarly, the recent hacks at Sony and Ashley Madison have likely made people worry more about whether their personal data is safe.

The lack of safety being felt in the American home has grown even stronger by the show Black Mirror, which plays on our fear of technology, and the possible consequences it may have on our lives.

The show tackles feared issues like virtual reality blurring the lines between the creation and what is actually happening, someone video recording your every day life, then using it as blackmail, how rating others on dating sites can change a person's life worth, and even how the government is able to see every action you make.

Ultimately, it's up to personal opinion whether you believe in the debate of technological conspiracies taking over our society or not. But aren't you reading this article right this second solely dependent on technology?

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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6 Things You Relate To, Like Clockwork, When You Own An Apple Watch

If you have an Apple Watch, you can relate to all of these.


Having a mini phone on your wrists come with some little quirks and here's a few you can relate to if you own an apple watch.

Your wrist is vibrating — when your watch is not even on.

I can always get this "feeling" that my wrist is vibrating, but when I glance down my watch is not even on. I always have this feeling for a few hours after I take my watch off, but it eventually goes away.

Your watch tells you to stand up, when you're already standing up.

I remember going to a concert and standing in the pit, my Apple Watch told me repeatedly to stand up, but I was already doing so. Apple does not like us being lazy and they let us know that after sitting down for at least 30 minutes.

You can find the cutest watch bands.

I always find so many cute watch bands from cheetah print to Lilly Pulitzer. The different colors and styles are endless and whenever you see one, you buy it of course.

Don't think you're gonna talk to your watch to send a text.

Every time I try to speak into my Apple Watch to send a text, it never works. I've actually just given up on that feature and have become a pro at scribbling letters onto the tiny screen. Quick Texts have also become my best friend, even though the responses are short.

Breathe, breathe, breathe... Your watch always wants you to breathe!

My Apple Watch goes off about 10 times a day telling me to breathe. I'm glad Apple is concerned with my breathing patterns because I did not know they were an issue until I owned an Apple Watch.

Your Siri goes off with every bend of your wrists.

Bending my wrists just the slightest makes my Siri go off. She'll start listening to everything I have to say and I don't realize I made her go off until she starts talking.

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