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July 03, 2012

IVR: Could You Live without Technology, Really?

By Allison Boccamazzo, TMCnet Web Editor

As we gear up for an abundance of grilling, warm weather and fireworks to celebrate our nation’s independence, perhaps this is the appropriate time to address another pertinent issue concerning America’s freedom: our dependence on technology. Really think about that question: Could you honestly live without technology? I like to think to myself, “Of course I can! What am I, shackled to its constraints?”

The answer: More so than I think or care to believe. Now-a-days, almost everyone is attached to their technology at the hip – literally. Amidst today’s insane obsession and reliability on it, a Plum Voice blog explains how one man decided to give up technology for an entire year as a sort of social experiment.

Senior Editor Paul Miller of online tech blog The Verge did the unthinkable by giving up Internet not for a week or even a month (which would still make us gasp), but an entire year.

Some may think it’s a relatively easy task to do, but think about it – we are living in an age where everything is based on or found via technology, especially the Internet. Long gone are the days where individuals send letters in the mail as a substantial form of communication. Imagine not being able to quickly shoot your best friend or family member an email or Facebook (News - Alert) post. These are things which are now innate in us, completely interwoven into our spirit, habits, and characteristics, yet are completely unaware of and take it for granted. Let’s face it – when it comes to technology today, almost all of us are cut from the same cloth.

So this guy must be crazy, right? Maybe – who knows – but it just goes to show how severely technology has inadvertently robbed us of our freedom.

The Plum blog continues by explaining just how individuals everywhere utilizing smart devices are constantly looking towards the next “it” item. First it was touch-screen, then voice-activated technology, even predictive technology, and with the tablet computer having been out for a while now, it seems no one is quite satisfied, but constantly craving more.

The team over at Plum Voice is looking towards Google’s (News - Alert) Project Glass as the next new, big thing to hit the market and make techies everywhere swoon. The blog reports that according to Endgadget, Project Glass is “a major center of attention in Google’s top-secret X Lab,” along with, as the blog jokes, “driverless cars and space elevators.”

Let’s be honest, we all want to know what it’d be like to ride in a space elevator – if you don’t, you’re lying.

After a few inevitable leaks, Google announced the product publicly, and soon after launched a webpage and released a video.

What do you think will take the cake for the next best product to hit the market?

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Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli

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