Hi Friends,

Even as I launch this today ( my 80th Birthday ), I realize that there is yet so much to say and do.

There is just no time to look back, no time to wonder,"Will anyone read these pages?"

With regards,
Hemen Parekh
27 June 2013

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Training to Climb Everest ?

Just came across a news report ( HT / 14 April ) which says , parents of students of Vibgyor School ( Mumbai ), have opposed the decision of School Management to give tablets to Students of class 5

They are worried about continuous use of tablets damaging the eyes of their children - even as they are keen to reduce the weight of the school-bags by over 80 %

There could be other health hazards such as :

*  Reduced alertness in the class rooms

*  Diverting attention to online games ... etc

But , are these parents able to reduce the number of hours that their children watch TV / send text messages from their smart phones ?

Of course , not !

If anything , the trend towards watching some or other screen , is ever increasing , all over the World

This will get only worse with arrival of Virtual Reality ( VR ) devices , in next 2 / 3 years ! Expect all students to be walking around wearing Google Glass !

And when holograms arrive , we may look like zombies talking to unreal images flooding the living rooms of our homes !

And , lying in our beds and watching late night movies on our bedroom ceiling !

When these children grow up and take up jobs in offices ( no one wants to work on factory floor ! ) , they will be staring into a computer screen for 10 hours per day !

There is no way , the march of technology can be stopped

Either technology will find a way to overcome health hazards or over the next 500,000 years , humans will merge with computers , in what , Ray Kurzweil calls " Singularity " !


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15  April  2016