<p>Following the Tech Rainbow
"It is necessary for us
to be more realistic
about what we expect
Every new piece of technology that comes to the fore today claims to be able
to improve our lives for the better. It promises to increase our productivity lev-
els with greater speed, the quality of our work through greater intelligence, and
eventually promises a complete transformation of our lives.
Quite obviously this isn't something that is always true. However, this is some-
thing that we seem to have grown to expect.
But is this expectation realistic? Or are we now just willing to accept any pipe
dream that is dressed as a technological advancement?
Has the technology that lies within each of our desktops today actually
improved the quality of work that we are producing? And do we now really have
more time to devote to our hobbies, friends and personal lives outside our
Many of us feel the need to upgrade to the latest version of applications like
Microsoft Word but many choose to ignore something as basic as the Template
functions in existing versions that could help us to organise ourselves better? Or
the Commenting feature which can make collaboration between people who
share documents so much easier. We use software like Microsoft Outlook as an
e-mail client, but choose to completely ignore the contact and time management
utilities, filtering features and the unified messaging platform that it provides.
To really unleash the potential of technology, it is necessary for us to be more
realistic about what we expect from it. We need to look at it as something that
can create opportunities, instead of expecting a magical packaged solution to all
our problems. Technology can help make our tasks easier, but it is too much to
expect it to provide us with a replacement for intelligence.
We need to look for smarter ways to utilise the technology that is already
available to us.