Getting Siri-ous

I was reading a review of the latest in must-have technology recently when I came across an intriguing segment of a longer sentence.  In the vernacular of today, I’ll sample it for you.  “…connect a smartphone to a car of average intelligence….”  That’s when I knew I was in trouble.  First off, I really didn’t understand most of what I was reading what with all the references to Siri, Bluetooth, SD memory cards, an iPhone 4S and so forth.  The real epiphany came when I realized my car just might understand what I was reading, being no doubt one of the cleverest vehicles I know.

Technology is definitely moving civilization 3.0 and its advocates assure me our direction is forward.  Who am I to quibble?  But then I’m still working.  Technology can make our life easier.  It can also make the workplace more productive.  It does this in part by replacing the less productive human factor.  That, in turn, can lead toward more folks out of work.

Unemployment is of paramount importance during this election year possibly because the candidate who is most convincing when talking about it may just become president (after which it isn’t too likely he will be able to do anything about it).  The fly in the ointment is discovered when trying to define unemployment these days.  We have, of course, employed and unemployed workers.  Then there are the under-employed, marginally attached, discouraged, long-term unemployed, and those no longer counted as being in the labor pool whether voluntarily or not.

I’ll leave all the definitions up to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The election results may put a sharper but unofficial point on the data.  My concern presently is whether or not my car is already smarter than I.  Will we get to the point where it takes away my driver’s license?  Will my smartaleckphone start talking back to me?  Could I get fired by my own computer in a few more years for being too stupid?  If it does, I’ll write my congressman, who may just turn out to be the latest iPad42XS.