Today I was at an event where our CEO was speaking about technology advancements for health research and patient-engagement (the holy grail of cashing in on PCORI funds allocated from the Affordable Care Act). She referenced in her speech an off-handed comment I made in a planning meeting– that “our phones have become our brains” , and after she finished she joked to me about using it (without proper citation!!).
I didn’t get the joke, mostly because I’d been on my phone the whole time she had been speaking. I had to jog my memory of this hilarious joke about phones being our brains, so I had to check my phone.
Did my meeting notes reference this off-hand joke? Checked my evernote: Nope
Did I just regurgitate someone else’s joke? Google search: Nope
Was it that funny? Crowdsource the answer with a tweet: Consensus, certainly not funny. You shouldn’t joke about your phone.
This illustrates that this “joke” is in fact not a joke at all. It’s reality. I’m helpless without this phone. I’m incapable of formulating an opinion or thought without it. Or am I? Consulting webmd: consensus, smartphone addiction is real and afflicts so many of us. Oh f*ck you webmd, you sanctimonious website. I’m going to have my phone block you after I consult my phone on how to do that.
At this same event I chatted up a guy that loves artificial intelligence. He loves the idea of Google’s driverless call, but thinks that it’s pretty “light technologically-speaking.” They have very clear maps to follow afterall, so it’s not true AI. He expressed disappointment that the technology hasn’t progressed in healthcare and health research and I mentioned the advancements in wearables tied with healthcare delivery and other things that I thought made me sound pretty smart. He just kind of nodded, mildly enthused and took a deep slurp of Diet Pepsi.
But maybe he’s right. Or is he? I had to confer with my phone to decide what my opinion was. My opinion: early results are mixed (eg. there were too many conflicting points on the web).
He then told me how cool he thought it would be to have driverless cars tied to Uber and I started to think that perhaps he just didn’t really like his fellow human much. He was a sweet guy, but my phone was calling me.