Time and technology in Fort Smith, AR


Dear Readers and Friends:
It is amazing how quickly and in so many ways change occurs. But we get comfortable.

We get comfortable with what is familiar. We fall into habits and habitual behavior. That being said, most of us have become accustomed to a certain level of technology and connectedness through virtual worlds, in line txting, SMS messages, etc. What is the earliest tools humans used? Their hands, just their hands. There was a time not so long ago when technology was simple and required no additional energy, power, or connectors. Oh, how far we have come. or have we?

What is technology? Very simply it is the application of this knowledge for practical ends. The first tools or technology were simple. After the use of just our hands, we bagan to fashion technology.

Some of the earliest:
* bones,
* stones,
* clay, and
* other natural items. We made huge advancements with these simple tools.

Now our technology includes:
* D Wave computers;
* CERN’s purpose-built particle accelerators;
* the Large Binocular Telescope Near-infrared Utility with Camera and Integral Field Unit for Extragalactic Research telescople;
* IBM’s artificial intellegence programs;
* the International Human Genome Sequencing Consortium published the first draft of the human genome in the journal Nature in February 2001 with the sequence of the entire genome’s three (3) billion base pairs some 90% complete; and
* roughly 65% of Earth’s population utilizes a smart-phone.

Theories suggest that the best and most evolved technologies have been held tightly and secretly from the general pubic and our understanding until those technologies became economically useful. So it follows that the wealthy were privileged to own the most advanced of our developments.

The world is supplied with access to techs that are meant not to last, so that we are fed a steady stream of new advancements, one after the other. Most importantly it keeps us spending our resources, our trade — for our time and our money. This is the engine of our economy.

What changed? With the stock market crashes, the Great Depression and the Great Recession came many opportunities for advancement via innovation and a drive to survive and eventually thrive. The sheer volume of technologies that have become household names and the norm are staggering! Perhaps that is why literature including movies are created to warn us against our dependence upon technology. The sky is the limit, or maybe not even there.

We hold within ourselves enough knowledge and tools to make anything we desire happen. After all, it is these technologies that make our lives as we know them possible. As a two-time graduate of online learning, I am here to testify to you that the choice really is yours, but that you should choose your tools wisely. Do not be afraid to submit your two (2) cents worth regarding the tools and technologies of our community.

Thank you for allowing me to be your eyes, ears, and voice. Ms. Annie Sells looks forward to sharing your future with you, each and everyone, big and small, wealthy and poor. If you haven’t been, then I welcome you to this new land flowing with technology, like a land flowing with milk and honey.

Sincerely,
MS. Annie Sells

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