When there was a power outage last night for a few minutes, I went into a bitter rage. I expect when I click a remote control or flip on a light switch or hit a power button that those things turn on. How could the lights have the audacity to betray my laziness? I pay good money for things to work. If I don’t show up at work they don’t pay me. Well, unless I use sick days. Or vacation days. But other than that, if I don’t work, I don’t get paid. So if the lazy lights don’t work, then unless they are taking a sick day, I shouldn’t have to pay them. I need to be seeing all kinds of refunds up in here. I expect someone at the power station to start cranking a lever or turning a dial until my power starts working.
Speaking of the way things should be done, there’s really only two ways to do things. Automatically, or manually. Many technologies have been built on the idea of helping you do something automatically and faster than you previously were able to do something. On the other hand, some people think doing something automatically robs you of learning how to work.
So here is the tale of the tape.
Automatically: Simple tasks just need to be done for you. Why pay workers to screw up what machines can screw up automatically on a larger scale? Like cut tomatoes, or walk to the fridge or babysit? Car washes done manually? So much work. Doors that have to be opened by hand? Waste of energy. The zombie apocalypse seems like it would happen much faster if the zombies could automate things and stop wandering around slowly. If they could get brain eating done more efficiently.
Manual: Despite my laziness, I prefer to do some things manually. I like a car to be a manual transmission, because it allows me to grind the gears so much better and faster. Doing math with the old trial and error, helps my frustration level go so much higher and become bitter so much faster. And I prefer to lay on the couch manually. Automatically doing it just doesn’t feel the right amount of lazy.
So who gets your vote on the way things should be done? Letting the robots and computers doing everything for us, so we can be like the people in Wall-E?Or do you prefer living in the stone ages where you end up with nothing but blisters and nothing getting accomplished?
Just remember that there is no wrong answer as long as you side with me on everything.
Bitterly Manually Automatic Ben