The Trap of Becoming Technology Dependent

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Technology is becoming so much more advanced and paired with the internet, it’s become a dependency. I look back to the time when I did not carry a cell phone. The only technology I carried with me was a pager. Then cell phones became popular, only being used for phone calls. Now that I can take an internet connection with me wherever I go, it’s difficult not to have a smart phone.

When I purchased my first smart phone, which was the iphone 4s, I filled my phone with so many apps. After a while, I realized that I only needed a few, just enough to fill up the home screen. The most helpful app has been maps. I can be anywhere, find a place I need to go like the gas station or the closest coffee shop and get there using my phone. I would never want to go back to following directions off of a piece of paper.

Technology has definitely helped to improve our lives or at least, make it easier, but is there a line to be drawn on how dependent we should be on technology? This brings to mind, alexa by amazon or siri on the iphone. Some people are so dependent on alexa that they have their whole house connected to its capabilities, such as security cameras, turning on the lights, playing music and locking the doors.

Aside from the convenience of having so much information at the palm of your hands for your own benefit, unfortunately someone else is benefiting from collecting your information and selling it to companies to market products to the user. Some companies go so far as to track your travels, where you go, what time or what conversation you had with someone. I saw a video recently about a couple that had their house dependent on alexa. They were having a conversation about the floors of their house. Turns out their conversation was unknowingly recorded and sent to a friend of theirs. Now, alexa is unplugged and out of their house.

While driving, one can ask siri a question, given that they have an iphone and siri will answer. Siri can give directions, find the closest gas station, schedule an event on your calendar, and answer a question one would type on a search using the internet. It’s like having your own personal assistant, on your phone.

If you’ve ever wondered how you all of a sudden you receive an advertisement for something that you were just talking about, you could have been recorded. If you use Siri, it’s tracking and recording you, just check out the settings under Siri and privacy for each app. I previously had a google email account and I would use google maps on my phone, then I came to a page that had all the information on where I traveled to, the routes and what time. After that, I deleted my account and never used google maps again. Even when you browse through youtube or google, if you are logged in, then all that information is being recorded, what you searched for so that the right advertisements will come your way. I now use duckduckgo and firefox focus for privacy reasons.

It seems, every time I have to sign up for something new online, there’s always an option to sign in with google, facebook or apple. It’s just another way for these companies to collect more information from people. How about the latest cars that are coming out that are self-driving and can easily connect to the internet? It wouldn’t surprise me if that would also be collecting information from its user.

It worries me how far these companies are going with our information and how dependent we are becoming on technology and the internet. If we are already getting our privacy breached with the technology in our homes, in our purse or pocket, image if it were inserted underneath our skin. People are already getting microchips implanted underneath their skin to open doors, pay for products, start their car, unlock their phones and now, in Sweden, as a vaccine passport. I thought only animals should be tracked or chipped, now we are the animals.

China already has a point system in place to keep track of its citizens. There are cameras all over the streets that record people by facial recognition and establish points based on their actions. If points are low, they are limited to travel and do other things. If China is going on a digital currency and people access their bank account with facial recognition, image how much more control the CCP can have over their citizens?

We already have smart phones that unlock with facial recognition and plans of the U.S. having its own digital currency, along with the rest of the world. We also have an unconstitutional mandate in our country that punishes the UN-vaccinated, limiting them to their own human rights. Vaccine microchips are not too far away from reality in this country. All we need is an evil dictator to rule our country and create more mandates that violate our freedom, take away our constitutional rights, violate our personal protection and privacy and push microchips on all of us with the help of the media to make it look like a great thing or monetary persuasion. With the chip and facial recognition, we can all be controlled and tracked down easily and with the help of self-driving cars, we can be held hostage in our cars and taken to a place against our own will. It’s a scary thought, but look at what’s happening around the world. Even more frightening is thinking about the evil dictators of the past, what they have done and how they achieved their goals with the help of their own people.

15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. 16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.

Revelation 13: 15-18