OPINION: Broadcaster Steve Allen looks at issues of today

PUBLISHED: 11:52 12 June 2017 | UPDATED: 11:52 12 June 2017


Technology’s not as useless as I thought

Sometimes new technology seems useless.

Mobile phones were amazing technology when they were simple but now smartphones are so complicated if you try to use them to make a phone call you need a degree and a charger within 10 minutes.

My smartphone can measure heart rates. Great. But all I see is it get faster as I get more upset with the bad battery life.

You see stories from Japan of men who live with hi-tech dolls of women that they say are becoming even more lifelike.

If they were really lifelike they’d realise they could do better than some odd guy who lives with dolls and leave him.

Finally technology seems to be doing something of use. WhatsApp, the phone messaging app on your phone, will let users recall a message they have sent.

It’s not like work emails where you’ll get some mind-stultifyingly dull message with a subject like “Paperwork” from the boss but two minutes later you get an email saying “RECALL: Paperwork”.

All that second message does is make you read the first one. You want to see how they messed up.

In the upcoming version of WhatsApp you have five minutes to recall it and it will be deleted.

Imagine if that were possible in real life. If you could recall things you have said.

People would still have jobs they’d quit, relationships would still be intact, Donald Trump would be much less of an international laughing stock.

I could go back in time and not upset the boss by calling their emails about paperwork mind-stultifyingly dull.

One day your smartphone might only let you send a message if it’s measured your heart rate first.

That way you’d never send a message in anger.

OK, I said technology was useless, but I take it back.

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