Technology has become like magic — Speaking Millennial Podcast
Written by Jay Black.
Famed science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke once said that "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
Apart from the decision to write "Garden of Rama," Clarke was a pretty smart guy. For the majority of us, Clarke's prediction has come true: technology has crossed the line into magic.
In fact, you know what? I'll go a step further. Technology has gotten to the point that we're all basically muggles living in a dystopian nightmare world where Draco Malfoy killed Harry potter, went to work for Google and now nothing ever works ever.
I'll use myself as an example here.
I don't consider myself a dumb person. I went to The College of New Jersey (although when I was accepted, it was called "Trenton State" and the main qualification for entry was proof of existence, but still). I pay a mortgage mostly on time. I've raised two good kids and one mediocre one (just kidding ... maybe). Point is, I'm a relatively functional adult.
And yet, despite all these qualifications, I have never once managed to get my iCloud drive to sync successfully across devices.
I have faith iCloud syncing is possible. The people in the commercials seem to be able to do it pretty easily. Every once in a while, I'll take a swing at getting it to work, fiddling with the settings on my iPhone and iPad, but there's some part of the spell I'm missing. Virgin sacrifice, maybe. Or relogging into my iTunes account. Either one.
But honestly, when you get right down to it, we're all just villagers doing whatever dance the medicine men in Silicon Valley tell us will get our devices to function. And I'm not even 100% convinced they know what's going on. We're only a few weeks away from someone at Uber leaving a self-driving car on overnight and waking up the next day to SkyNet.
This is all a long way of telling you that this particular episode of Speaking Millennial ran into some computer problems right around the 32 minute mark.
What happened? It's hard to say. My pet theory is that when Bill spilled beer onto the console (don't tell management!), the computer gained sentience and did what most things try to do when they realize they're alive: find a way to make me be quiet. It shut itself down to save all of us.
(Or maybe there was an issue with the autoexec.bat. Is that still a thing? What about config.sys? How long is it before dummy Hipsters start proclaiming the "warmer" sound you get when you use a DOS 5.0 computer with 640K of RAM? I'm rambling again, aren't I?)
Whatever it was, our very excellent interview of NJ 101.5 Newsman and former Broadway Star, Patrick Lavery (along with an assist from last week's guest, Nicole Peraino) was sadly cut short.
What's there, though, is pure gold, with a ton of funny moments, and a podcast we're proud to be sharing with you! Please check it out here, or, better yet, go to iTunes and subscribe, rate, and review us!
As always, thanks for listening!
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