When technology crosses the line

Technology inspires, astounds and sometimes disgusts me with its continuous advances and gob-smacking innovation.

Technology is generally created in the hopes of making our lives easier, but how much are we sacrificing in order to live happier, technology filled lives?

Val – our resident guru on all things trending, showed me this app just yesterday – Sleep Cycle alarm clock.

Essentially it is a smartphone application that tracks your sleep patterns and wakes you up when your in the lightest sleep phase – so that you bounce out of bed feeling brilliant.

My initial reaction was ‘SO GETTING IT!’ I always wake up feeling like I haven’t slept in years, and I thought this might be exactly what I needed.

So I immediately hit the app store, excited for something to improve my hideous efforts at getting out of the bed in the morning, until I realised that it sits underneath your pillow the entire night. Who in their right minds wants to sleep with their iPhone underneath their heads for the duration of a solid 8 hours?

What’s the problem you might ask? Well according to an article by CNN,  “Radiation from cell phones can possibly cause cancer, according to the World Health Organization. The agency now lists mobile phone use in the same “carcinogenic hazard” category as lead, engine exhaust and chloroform.”

Brilliant – exactly what I always wanted, having my phone so close to my head for hours on end that the app that fills my brain with cancer, but helps me feel better about getting up in the morning. Not sure the short term gain would be worth it.

Which brings me back to my question, sometimes technology and its ‘helping hand’ just isn’t worth the sacrifice. Pondering this concept, another ‘innovation’ crossed my path today – a tattoo that vibrates when your phone rings or you receive a message.

One word. Ridiculous.

Apparently the new patent filed by Nokia describes a piece of fabric that can be attached to your skin, that will also alert you when you have a call.

Check it out.

However, there are a plethora of technologies that form my daily routine that I really enjoy using and don’t find them to encroach upon my sense of what is right and wrong at all. So what is it about certain technologies that cross the line and make us sit back in our chair, bang our fist on the desk and exclaim outrage?!

Would love to hear a technology/ innovation you have come across that you think crosses the line.


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