With much interest, I read the letter by Edward Horn about the effects of technology on society in the May 28th issue.
Edward, I am in agreement with you. Technology is a double-edged sword. Embrace it, and you stay in step with business and the modern world. Ignore it and one falls behind.
Whether science or science fiction, literature or The Jetsons, we have seen just how much technology has both improved and harmed humanity.
Those of us of the baby boomer generation can vividly remember the summer of 1969 and a pop song "In the Year 2525" by Zager and Evans. Originally recorded and scheduled for release in 1964, competition from The Beatles and British invasion, Motown Music, and the politics of the mid-1960s delayed the song's airplay until 1969.
Spurred by technology and especially the first arrival of man on the moon in July 1969, the song became the biggest one-hit wonder of all time, spending that entire summer in the number one position.
Those of us old enough, and even some not willing to admit we are old enough, can recall these lyrics from one verse: "In the year 5555/ Your arms hangin' limp at your sides/Your legs got nothin' to do/Some machines doin' that for you"
Alas, well before 5555 machines are doing just about everything for us. We have technology and devices no one dreamed of in 1969. Forty-six years later we have become a nation of reliant, lazy, overweight citizens who go nuts when the TV remote isn't working, can't walk two blocks to the supermarket, or feel lost when internet service is temporarily unavailable.
Technology has given us superior medical care, quick messaging and information at our fingertips, but is has also made us capable of ending humanity.
Nearly five decades after the song, two facts remain: "In the year 2525" remains the biggest one-hit wonder of the rock music era and the forecast that man's technology will destroy life is openly evident.