I don’t trust technology


I want to start this thing out with a story about a mindless game.

I’m guessing at this point we all have them, usually on our phones. This one I had been playing was for a video game console. (If it helps, it was one of those progress through different line up the gems challenge games. I told you… mindless.)

Well, turns out this one has a bit of a glitch. Hundreds of levels, which is great. But on one particular level there is absolutely no way to win. Well, there is, but it pretty much involves buying resources. Impossible otherwise.

And I’m fairly certain it is impossible, as I checked online, looked at several responses to the situation, and each and every one claimed one of two things: (1) Person never accomplished it but theorized one way it could be done, or, (2) person explained buying special items and then performing the exact play person one theorized.

Wanting to advance but not feeling like paying for special items, I decided I would erase the game and start all over again. This time I’d just take the extra bonus stuff awarded and save them at all costs. I liked the game. Would be good to step away from it for a bit, clear the profile, and begin again in a week or two. Only that proved tricky when it couldn’t be done. Turned out the gaming profile locked in the person that had signed on to play and had no option for erasing anything. Since it wouldn’t let you play unless you logged in, there was no way around that without going through other hoops.

I walked away.

Many months later, I flipped on the video game console. Thought about playing the game again, and decided I might go back to the first level and just play the game again trying to get maximum rewards for all levels. You could advance by completing the task and earning only one star. I decided to play each level until I earned three stars. Figured it would be a bit of fun, bit of a challenge, and perhaps I might even earn one or two of those special items by the time I got back to the impossible level.

Around that time the console started acting up. I ended up finally resetting it. And wouldn’t you know it, the game erased the play to date and cleared everything out. I was starting over. More or less exactly what I wanted.

My joy lasted about a week. I turned it on, logged in, and for whatever reason found out the history had been restored and the game was back with me stuck on level 255.

And that, in a longwinded nutshell, is why I hate technology.

But it really isn’t that I hate technology, or that I don’t completely trust it. It’s more that we seem to have moved away from it making sense.

Take text messages as an example. Everyone raise your hands. Now, put them down if autocorrect has ever changed words on you and you didn’t notice. Anyone left? Ok, has anyone ever had voice text kick in and you didn’t even know it was enabled so you sent some strange audio text? Has anyone ever managed to get confused as to whether or not they were sending, receiving or responding to a group text? Hands go down… hands go down… and, let’s face it, if we’re being honest everyone put their hands down on the autocorrect one.

We all understand the basics of what’s happening. Intuitive and comfortable has long since disappeared in the rearview mirror. We sacrifice privacy and dollars for better cameras, longer battery life and weather alerts that forecast rain falling in our location in seven minutes and twenty-three seconds.

Impressive stuff. But every so often I don’t want to be plugged in. I don’t want my video game console to know who I am, I just want to start a new game. That seems reasonable to me. But then, I don’t remember the last time any new piece of technology was described in the marketing materials as reasonable.


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