They don’t. People have to relate to them instead. But we are such adaptable creatures we may not realize this is happening. That we have become hybrid beings – part human and part computer.
This is such a spooky subject that we refuse to think about it – which, needless to say, is not a very smart response. Right when we need our smarts the most – we don’t have any!
After the Reformation, the world became divided into the Protestant North and the Catholic South. The North became industrial and affluent – while the South remained poor – and undeveloped. I will now speak only of developments in the North – and effects of this industrial development on its people. Concentrating on developments in America.
The industrial economy needed workers to operate its machines – and these workers were not supposed to think about what they were doing – so they didn’t! They just reproduced, until they were most of the population.
This situation lasted from the end of the 19th Century to the middle of the 20th – through WWI, the Depression, and WWII. This economy had two components – manufacturing and transportation.
After wars between companies and unions (and they were wars) – a middle class emerged – that could make a comfortable living in the factories and railroads. They also made automobiles and new roads for them to run on. Every American had a car – and sometimes several of them.
They didn’t have to do much thinking – but they had to do some. And this caused problems, that came to a head in the Vietnam War. At the same time they were hit by TV, and then the Computer. In short – all Hell broke loose!
Of which, most Americans knew (and still know) nothing. They look around at all kinds of things going on around them – and understand nothing. Except that they don’t have many jobs anymore – which drives them crazy!
To finish, I must return to the subject – the relationship between us and the computer. A very complicated relationship – but also a very interesting one.
Me and my computers are watching this from a safe distance – in rural Costa Rica.