The Fall of Technology
You look out over the grassy fields where skyscrapers once stood, casting their lights over all of mankind.
There is an eerie silence. No continuous hum of electricity running through wires. No sporadic honking from cars cutting each other off. Not a single siren whaling in the distance.
Streets and sidewalks are empty except for the occasional deer or squirrel, frantically scurrying around rusted bikes on their way to immediate safety.
After a few minutes, you notice an absence of weight in your pocket. There are no beeps or boops from notifications going off on your phone because you realize, with sudden dread, you no longer have one.
What is this strange world you now live in?
A world without technology.
In this fictional world, we are forced to live without computers, the Internet, and simple household machines. We can no longer rely on information at our fingertips.
Computer science, user experience design, and other technologically-driven careers no longer exist simply because there are no computers. No smartphones. No Google. No electricity.
To travel long distances, we must now rely on our own two feet instead of the convenience of cars, buses, trains, or airplanes.
We have no choice but to revert back to that dark period of human existence where basic survival was the only priority.
While hearing of this dystopian future, your mind is undoubtedly racing, your pulse quickening with uncertainty.
How could you possibly survive in a world like this?
We have become so dependent on technology, we forget one simple truth:
Our inherent value isn’t in the technology we create; it lies within our creative ability to apply technology to advance humankind.
In other words, it isn’t what we create that gives us meaning, it’s how we use what we create to help the greater good.
Knowing the luxury of current technology doesn’t exist, what would you do to survive? How would you thrive and what would you contribute to society?
I’ve considered this scenario more times than I can count and it ultimately comes down to one thing:
Translating your current skills and abilities.
Thanks to my education in visual communication and business (both formal and self-taught), I have learned to use technology in order to take creative ideas from concept to execution. This usually translates into solving business-related problems with design-related solutions.
I have also enjoyed entertaining others while singing with close friends for over a decade. This skill would undoubtedly play a part in this unfamiliar future.
In a world without technology, I would use this combination of storytelling and entertainment to communicate ideas with the goal of connecting people and communities to one another.
How exactly would I do this?
Without technology, I would rely on verbal communication and written word.
Instead of creating narratives for companies and brands, I would craft engaging stories to pass information from one generation to the next. These chronicles would allow future tribes to learn from one another and avoid repeating past mistakes.
In a primitive world such as this, you may not consider my role as a crucial part of human survival. Admittedly, I have never been the fastest or strongest in any given group of people which means I would undoubtedly make a terrible hunter, gatherer, or warrior.
I may be biased, but connecting others around a common idea also plays an important part in contributing to society. Humankind is at a disadvantage when we neglect to acknowledge opportunities for cooperation. Traveling around to neighboring tribes, I would use my unique skill set to promote these cooperative opportunities.
Sometimes, my mind is stuck in this future for far too long. It takes conscious effort to snap back to reality and remember that technology exists and it serves a specific purpose.
At the end of the day, technology offers a special set of tools. These tools allow us to apply our creative energy in ways that weren’t previously possible. Ideally, we should take advantage of these tools in order to help others.
Otherwise, we could take technology for granted and wake up in this bleak future.