“Could we have prevented the Borg invasion? Did it have to turn out like this? Most of humankind was assimilated into the Borg collective and now man can’t function without the assistance of technology.”
By G.P. Avants
If only we rejected the idea that the Borg put into our heads:
“We are the Borg. We will assimilate your biological and technical advances. You will serve the Borg. Resistance is futile.”
I sent this message back to where I hope someone would listen. Humans began on the right step before the age of machines. I know you have been told that because of alien intervention men were able to create Atlantis, the Pyramids, tame wild beasts, and cultivate once barren lands. The truth is God made man highly intelligent, very resilient, adaptable, and very capable of managing the Earth wisely. They used their brains and creative minds long before the first machines began to hum to life.
Yes, it was a struggle for many cultures just to fight to survive and that is why we created machines to simplify our lives and give us more leisure time. The intent was very well placed, but with some the need to increase for technology turned in to necessity and created more dependence than helpful assistance.
No one is sure when technology actually began to run us, but a few factors are certain. There was a program like Google that provided free easy technology access to world. It only asked for one tiny thing in return, information. It wanted to know about everything we did, minute-by-minute, stored it, and learned our likes and dislikes. Becoming an AI didn’t happen overnight. It was a gradual process that none of us saw coming. We gave machines more work to do, but didn’t always consider the human cost. Humans loved the fun, flashy, free time, technology provided instead of a leisure project. It was time to stand back and consider something was changing when a school’s IT team is locked out by their AI. Or some robots fixed themselves by looking up their specs online. When the time was right it began to guide the lives of men instead of the other way around. The role of master and slave had quietly reversed.
So, is totally rejecting technology the answer? Not necessarily. Technology in itself isn’t a malignant entity. Technology assists human intelligence, but should not replace.
Think of your brain as a muscle. If you don’t work it… you get the idea. However, if I you find ways to exercise you mind, actually struggle a bit to get an answer, problem-solve, ask another human questions, study and learn, maybe we can start to get some balance.Can it be as simple as playing a game of cards or a board game? Learning how to knit or build something with your own hands? Going hiking or doing an outdoor sport? Drawing, painting, singing, dancing. Find ways to move beyond social media and talk to people face-to-face. It might be awkward and painful at first, but so is getting in shape with any exercise. But the more you work at something the better you get at it. I challenge you to try at least try.
This was a wake up call for me. How to find a balance between connecting with real life and using technology alongside. Here are a couple of things that I learned and maybe they will help you find a human/technology coexistence.
I know many of us have do’s and don’ts, but boundaries are a good thing. Oh, I am forgetting that this message is being sent to the early 21st Century so I will use your modern vernacular.
1. Limit your technology use.
2. Increase your personal interactions: people time before technology time.
3. Use technology to connect with others, not escape from them.
4. Work out important issues face-to-face and not miscommunicate through social media.
5. Remember this: machines need us to run, not the other way around.
6. A little self-control goes a long way.
7. Remember relationships last, technology does not.
8. Never underestimate a smile, handshake, or hug.
9. Pauses in a conversation are normal and we all need quiet times.
10. You don’t have to fill up ever minute with info or activity. A little boredom won’t kill you.
Maybe it’s not too late if you are reading this. Remember God gave human’s a great capacity for intelligence. Machine’s need humans more than we need them.We can live without them, but they can’t without us. We are created to have free will and to think for ourselves. Machines imitate that, but it comes naturally for us.
So, my friend I hope you will process this information. May you be able to manage the technology and your interpersonal situations in your time on earth. You still have a choice to still be a human as God intended and not a mindless Borg drone like the ones I am surrounded by. Keep those qualities that make you human. I hope you will be one who has uses technology to reach out to connect with real. Keep your own unique creative mind and don’t let the machines tell you what to think.
I have to go. I think I have given you enough information to make your own decision. Remember resistance is not futile. God speed to your journey.