We Humans need people to talk to, otherwise we go crazy.
I was reading recently about some scientist who believes that in the near future technology will be able to download our minds and put them on a computer. Being the geek I am, my first response was “cool!”, I mean.. who wouldn’t want to be immortalized by being converted to a stream of 0’s and 1’s? But further reading made me rethink this.
Come and talk to me
We’re social creatures, we need each other. While it would be cool to have my mind digitized, it would be horribly lonely! Solitude can be maddening.. just watch a few episodes of Solitary. When we’re left alone, all we have is our thoughts. Without the outside world, we stop evolving, we stop experiencing. Once that happens, you become your own worst enemy.. you start picking at the only thing you have left.. yourself.
Gotta.. Gotta get up to get down
I’m glad I’m a geek, but being a geek has a downside.. you spend a lot of time in front of a computer, away from physical interaction. Believe it or not, I’m a people-person. I love people, especially chatty ones. I love to listen to people go on and on about their world.. as long as they’re not whining, of course. I love to talk as well.. I love telling stories.. I love teaching.. I’m a blabber too. If my brain were to be boxed up, in a machine, it would definitely need to have a internet connection.. it would be great to be able to IM anyone directly from my “brain”, but then.. I cringe to imagine experiencing an internet outage, or worse.. the loneliness, sadness, and despair I would experience when someone would tell me they were logging off to go DO something.. how horrible that would be.
Wears the beef
What’s my point? I don’t know.. that’s the point. My co-worker is on vacation, so I’m alone at work, I was alone at home yesterday, and well.. I’m living in my brain. I need someone to talk to.. so do you.. so talk to me already!