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But, “real people” do not fall in love with “robots” or “intelligent” toys, and clearly know difference between a "Barbie" doll and a Playboy "bunny". They like simple, affordable, easy-to-use things that bring them a sense of joy not pain in brain. And some believe it or not, still like feel of cold hard cash under their mattress, rather than fraudulent-prone “smart” financial transaction cards and hacker-friendly on-line banking systems). On other hand, PUFF - (Personally Useless Facts & Fluff), appeals to everyone regardless of age, race, color, creed, and religion …especially those who have a penchant for tripping light fantastic in spite of fact they can't do Highland Fling, hate bagpipes, and don’t own a kilt.
The “deeply digital world” in which we live may have been created by "Guru of Gobbledygook", but GODDESS OF GLITCH still knows when to throw an agonizing little analog aardvark into “systems” devised by “smart people” with swelled heads who think machines are more intelligent than their often muddle-headed makers.
Why are “smart” folk with “soft-skills” spending an inordinate amount of time and money trying to make everyday “hard” objects “intelligent” (be they appliances, blinds, books, cars, drills, key-chains, paint, sneakers, telephones, or wristwatches)? Why are they so interested in taking these objects “beyond their core functions”? Why can't they live a day without a gadget, gewgaw, or GPS gizmo guiding their every move?
When 80% of us don’t need or use “cutting-edge” new features of these everyday things, when we can’t be bothered to scroll through a CD-ROM “help” manual to find "off" button, and don’t have time to take an advanced software course to learn how to program a VCR not to mention how to stop it flashing 12:00 am, it’s time for a hair transplant and a nifty new “plug and play” tune … “Get Your Latest Smart Software With Grunt Work Included ...for only three easy payments of $29.95 plus shipping and handling charges”!
“Smarty-pants” may have invented all those “productive” pocket technology devices but, fractured fingers and fried brains are a testament to damage caused by being tethered to them 24/7. Far from visions of “sugar plums dancing in one’s head”, or just a good night’s sleep, daunting number of daffy devices and incompatible technologies are leading to System Screw-ups, BotBattles, and even Robotic Inchworm Drill Flops on Mars!
Stop talking to your PC. Quit running around with your digital camera to capture an artificially-intelligent dinosaur roaming free in Disney Theme Park. And, forget about latest “smart” night vision on your vehicle; (you shouldn’t be driving anyway, you’ve had one too many “smart” drinks fortified with Gingko Baloba for your own good)!
Why not just take things easy, smell roses, kiss Blarney Stone, and whatever you do, share some good-old fashioned fairytales with friends or family ...and include a pitcher of fresh milk (courtesy of a contented cow) plus a plate of real cookies (courtesy of Mom's favorite recipe) !!
Dr. Ovid Publius Hadweenzic, has a gift of the gab, which has taken him far in life including many odd places like the Court of the Quipping Quipping Queen - www.quippingqueen.blogspot.com - where he currently hangs his mortarboard for a bit of amusement