So, with the release of the Ghost In The Shell remake just days away, and the Blade Runner sequel coming soon as well, my inner cyberpunk lover has been kicking and screaming to get out! But at the same time, I’ve also come to notice something that had just passed me by before…

Now, I’m going to sound like a grumpy old man when I say this, but that’s not the case, ok? Back in my day (and I really can’t believe I am saying those words) I used to play quite a lot of computer games, either on the PlayStation or the PC, but I still went out on my bike, played rugby or explored the forests near the village I lived in. I learned how to use a PC when I was about 7 or 8, and technology (which I love) was something that I slowly grew into.

In fact, I probably spent more time take things apart or breaking them that anything else until I was about 10 or 11…

That no longer seems to be the case… I know kids as young as 3 who can pick up a tablet, unlock it, find the Netflix app and then locate and play their favourite cartoon! In fact, through watching us (I assume), my daughter has learned how to unlock our phones and access the camera! She knows which buttons on the FreeSat box and TV will bring up Tiny Pop so she can watch My Little Pony or Miffy… It’s actually pretty scary… She’s not even 2 years old!

So that got me thinking about the future of the world… And do you know what came to mind? Well, perhaps this little collage will prove a good visual aid to what I’m about to say.

Ok, so let me explain… The fact that kids are learning to use technology at such a young age, plus the new innovations in Smart Home tech, just make me feel like we are heading towards a true cyberpunk world, at full speed! And I’m not even going to touch on the political situation of the world and how much that resembles the start of a cyberpunk novel’s backstory…

Now, again, I love technology… I have done since I was a kid, but I still feel that we are putting to much reliance on it, especially when it gets to the point that you don’t even need to move to turn on a light switch or adjust the heating… I think we need to teach our children that moderation is key, and at the moment, we’re teaching the opposite…

Give it a few more years (maybe a couple of decades) and we’ll have a Ghost In The Shell scenario of people jacking in to the internet with their brains (many of us already lose ours on the net anyway). Technology will overtake everything, and you’ll get Minority Report ads showing up in the most random places, directly speaking to you… Or maybe even just showing upΒ in your head… Our reliance on technology is going to become so engrained in our lives, that the story of Wall-E (yes, a Disney movie) could almost come true! It’s a really scary thought that I never had until I was a Dad…

I want my daughter to grow up excited about the world, energetic and free spirited… I don’t want her to grow up lazy, relying on apps and technological “breakthroughs” to run her life for her… So, even as a tech-mad geek, I will teaching her restraint.

I will try my best to teach her;

  • that a face to face conversation is better than a FaceTime or Skype one…
  • that it is better to get up and out of the house every now and then than to sit inΒ front of the TV/PC/whatever all day.
  • that there’s a lot of fun stuff to do outside.
  • and also, that it is completely ok to want to spend time on video games, watching TV or whatever, as long as it doesn’t consume you.
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