Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Technological Progress Or Scam?....

Why is it mechanical technology has become more bulky and complex, not less?

For example,

Compare the upkeep (and tools) needed to keep a  Model-T working to any automobile made within the past 30 years.

There is no comparison.

Anyone could keep a Model-T running. And all you needed was a screw driver, a wrench and a hammer.

Modern cars? Have you ever worked on one? If not, ask a mechanic how increasingly difficult it is to keep up with new car problems and glitches and, subsequently, tools. Ask him what the life cycle is on a new car. (ditto appliance repairmen and modern appliances)

Think of the added cost of a GPS system for your car vs. a fold-up paper map that fits in your glove box!

A modern automobile also weighs around 4 to 5 times more than the first cars.

It’s also interesting to look at a photo of a street in America from the 1930‘s and 40‘s. Cars and trucks were aesthetically pleasing and painted in bright blues, yellows, reds, greens, etc. It looks like something from a fairy-tale compared to today’s Mordor-esque incarnation of mainstreet.

So let’s see, modern cars are bigger, uglier, bulkier, more needlessly complicated and thus more expensive to maintain and repair, use more gas on average and have a much shorter life cycle.

This is advancement? This is progress?

Actually, this would seem to be going in the opposite direction. At this rate, by 2050 cars will be made out of rocks and be fueled by coal furnaces.

I thought about this during the past summer when the weed-eater broke down and I resorted to an old scythe and clippers to finish the trimming.

Weed-eater upkeep: gas, oil, spark plugs, lots of string and inevitable problems with gas-feed, etc.

Sickle/Scythe/Clippers upkeep: keep the blades sharp. Occasional handle split.

So again, which one represents technological progress?

Which one requires more time, cost and upkeep?

It’s especially comical when you consider that you can reach down with your hand and pull up grass and weeds.

You can apply this to just about everything in your life. About 99% of modern technology is actually bulky, expensive, consumer products you don’t need and which represent a step backwards in the very principle of, Tools.

Actually, when you think about it, the vast majority of technology today functions to turn the consumer into the tool.