Downside to Clark's envisioning of the future
An idea that Clark did not address in his discussion was the access to this new technology. I agree with Clark that humans are “primed” to use tools or technology, especially if we think of tools in a broader sense than just electronics; however I am not sure if that predisposition will translate into the kind of future he described in his hypothetical diary. He implies that our integration with machines is a natural process but to me it seems that if new technologies are developed that integrate body with tools those with more money, power, and connections will have access to these new technologies. Isn’t it possible that these new technologies could create a further divide between haves and have nots? Not only could these potential new technologies be expensive to obtain, even the development of them would only be available to those countries with the time, money, and resources to invest in these new technologies. Clark sticks mostly to science in his article but I think the social setting in which these new adaptations or developments of human’s takes place is something that cannot be ignored. The downside to the kind of future that Clark described is that maybe the integration with machines is not something that will benefit all the humanity but will benefit only a certain strata of people. At worst it could be used as a justification of power and oppression, creating a new hierarchy: those sophisticated individuals who are integrated with their technology have the power and those individuals who are still merely “skin bags” become the oppressed.