You're breaking up. These are new words to my vocabulary since cell-phones have taken control. True, I couldn't call a friend in California from the subway in 1969 but I could have a crystal clear conversation when we did connect. When I called someone I got an answer, a busy signal or the phone kept ringing. We were deprived but we survived. Something was more sane about those times.
As you may guess I'm something of a Luddite; I prefer to think of myself as a reformed Luddite. All technology is not bad and to the extent that it replaces human labor I simply muse as to what has been lost. Note these words as I believe that they will characterize a massive sentiment; perhaps unspoken but surely recognized by those more sensitive than the average. "Technology yields such powerful function that it becomes ubiquitous long before any evaluation is undertaken as to the massive negative return that it is surely absorbed; often to our detriment." I wish I could patent these words. The second quote I suggest be given equal weight. "Technology's incredible initial appeal assures that it is adopted long before its detriment to human interaction begins to be assessed."
The techno-elite are already bragging about the uploading of our digital selves to the cloud; whereas I dread that - I prefer to run my my warm hands through a woman's hair with no silicon involved.
I went to Thanksgiving at my girlfriend's daughter's place last year. There was food on the table; everyone ate alone and retreated to their electronic device and nobody spoke. We stayed for 20 minutes before making our egress, preferring human to human interaction to simultaneous human to silicon relationships.
Are humans outdated?
Do people matter? Should I just be quiet and join the Matrix?