These days, I spend a lot o time trying to remember things like WHY DID I WALK INTO THIS ROOM? (I’ve had this problem at least back to my teens, and I have distinct memories of wondering why I was in the room, then remembered I was looking for a pencil, and THEN realized that it was behind my ear), or WHERE DID I PUT MY KEYS? (I know there’s modern technology to help with that – 20% of the gifts at my day job’s white elephant gift exchange were of that nature, so it must mean that I’m not the only one with this problem.)
I’m not sure technology is the solution, though, and it may even be part of the problem. There are studies about GPS that show you’re not using the navigation part of your brain when you use GPS (which is why it becomes so hard to find your way out of that cul-de-sac when the device goes haywire.) We become dependent on our devices, and don’t know what to do when they rebel (YES – the AI/Robot rebellion has been with us for years – and you thought that it was YOUR fault you couldn’t find your keys…)
I’ve had key-less unlocking (and locking) on my vehicle for five years now, and it wasn’t until then that I would walk fifteen feet from the car and start wondering if I had locked it. Sometimes I go back and check to see if the red security alarm light is flashing on the dashboard, telling me the car is locked. With all that walking, I would think the technology was designed to make sure I get more exercise, but they also included a button on the key-fob that will lock the car remotely.
When I do the laundry, I find that I have to keep going back and checking the dryer to make sure it’s still on AIR instead of HIGH (I swear, sometimes it has changed its own settings – it’s not a SMART appliance – maybe that’s why.) It all comes down to TRUST – trusting the technology, trusting yourself.
I don’t really trust either. Just saying…
Swordsmaster – my first novel (which only took me forty-some years to write) is ready for reading.
Fate is neither something to run away from, nor something to run towards.
The first bright-eye to be seen on the mountain in living memory, Sandrik didn’t want anyone to think of him as they did the ominous Aurae of legend, so he had worked hard to keep his special abilities hidden. But there was more to Sandrik than even he knew. Now that it was time for him to enter the ancient ruins of Taernfeld and be declared a man, what other changes might he be forced into?
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