My Techno Riff

Behold the iPad in All Its Glory.
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I laughed when I read the prompt:  What is one piece of technology that I can’t live without?  My first thought was:  the wheel!

Pretty basic, isn’t it.  And then I thought — electricity.  The micro chip.  Indoor plumbing.  I love learning about new technology, although I am not an early adopter of anything.  I embrace my contemporary age and many of the advantages that go with it. I have a new Cuisinart, however I must confess  that I am a little scared of it.  I’m falling in love with the iPad that Santa brought me via his eight tiny reindeer — now Santa is who must have the badass technology!  But then I realized that I was thinking of technology in terms of mere “gadgetry.”  Technology is much more than that.

The article on technology in Wikipedia defines it thusly:

Technology is the usage and knowledge of tools, techniques, craftssystems or methods of organization in order to solve a problem or create an artistic perspective. The word technology comes from the Greek technología (τεχνολογία) — téchnē (τέχνη), an “art”, “skill” or “craft” and -logía (-λογία), the study of something, or the branch of knowledge of a discipline.

I can hardly remember what life was like when you couldn’t go online to look up an article or term, search for area restaurants, find out that actor’s name you can never remember who was in Breaking Away, or figure out what to cook with the five ingredients in your fridge.  The internet has made all of this data accessible and useful. As mobile devices continue their ascendancy, it will become even more convenient to bring this information to our fingertips.

So I can’t accept the constraint to name just one piece of technology that I can’t do without.  Each individual technological innovation opens a flood of continued innovation based upon it.  As I imagine doing a load of laundry in the morning, it is daunting to imagine the use of a washboard and wringer, or to walk down to the riverbank to pound out my lacy unmentionables with large stones by the bayou.  Having gone through Hurricane Ike with a minimum of damage and inconvenience, I still had a taste of life in a pre-electrical age as we waited for four days for our power to be restored.  (Many waited for over a month.)  During that time of technological deprivation, I most appreciated a simple battery-operated radio, the ability to send text messages on my mobile phone; and ice.

The Feldenkrais Method is also a technology: a system of organization for better problem solving.  Moshe Feldenkrais even added an artistic perspective when he described the Method as able to “make the impossible, possible; the possible, easy; and the easy, elegant.”  It is a technology (system, method) that has improved my life immeasurably.  Using Feldenkrais technology doesn’t require the acquisition of any trendy or time-saving gadgets.  All you need is your own brain, and the willingness to learn, and the Feldenkrais Method will provide a process for improving whatever you place your attention upon.  It is a method for expanding human capacity and potential.  Now that I know about this technology, I certainly don’t want to be without it.

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