Do we rely too heavily on ICT gadgets and technology?

There’s pretty much an ICT gadget for everything nowadays so that if we didn’t want to, we wouldn’t have to lift a finger all day long. One such technology has allowed us to get from A to B, blissfully unaware of how we’re getting there – yes, you know it – GPS

Invented in the 1960s, by US Department of Defence engineer Ivan Alexander Getting, Global Positioning System (GPS) is without doubt one of the leading innovations of modern times that has quietly but surely changed our world forever.

But is there a danger of taking ICT innovations like GPS for granted?

We’ve all heard the funny stories of someone ending up in the middle of a field because they’ve followed their out-of-date sat nav,, or another where someone narrowly missed being hit by a train after following their sat-nav directions over a railway track. Then, as they got out of their car to open the level-crossing gate, a train drove straight through the car.

Ok, so these may be extreme cases, but it still raises the question – is technology destroying our common sense?

Robert Vamosi

Robert Vamosi

One tech commentator thinks it’s time for a wake-up call on our love of gadgets.

Robert Vamosi, author of When Gadgets Betray Us says that our blind faith and total reliance on tech has serious consequences. It’s not hard to agree with him when you think of the infamous life-threatening SatNav errors, but what of other technologies?

He says the use of anti-theft circuitry in cars is leading to a belief that you are protected at all times when in fact parking in a well-lit spot is still the greatest deterrent to theft.

ICT and common sense

Such over-reliance on tech raises questions of how we would cope if a lot of the technology was taken away from us. But surely the solution to this problem is that technology works if you use some common sense and it set up the right way in the first place?

For example, by unifying communications (UC), you can reduce reliability on mobiles. It allows people to set their status, similar to Facebook chat, as well as share their calendar so you can see when they will be free.  It also allows a range of communications to be set up with a few clicks of a button on a person’s status – such as a call, email, web conference where you can share your screens with one another (and if you trust them – give them control of your desktop).

And going back to the person who drove their car into a field – if they had had their sat-nav connected to a cloud, they wouldn’t have had an out of date map. Cloud technology provides you with the latest system updates – without you having to worry about it. Phew.

Where do you think we rely too heavily on technology? Or do you have a sat nav horror story of your own? Why not share it in the comments box below or in the BT Let’s Talk LinkedIn Group.

Both GPS and UC drive productivity and take us straight to where we want to go, avoiding traffic (whether that be a queue of cars or callers).

We’re all familiar with the SatNav comedy stories, but perhaps the best thing is if they keep us focussed on making better choices about setting up technology the right way in the first place. What do you think?


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