Auto-magically brilliant

It is my assertion that the auto-correct feature on many of your modern-day word processors is keeping dumb people dumb. How I long for the glory days, when your word processor would just tell you you’ve spelled something wrong. Remember when it would simply underline the misspelled word in spine-chilling red and you’d know that you’d have to go back and correct the spelling? Not anymore ladies and gentleman. Now, your presumptuous computer decides to just correct the word for you and let you be on your merry way. How are we ever supposed to learn how to spell if we have this monster of a machine correcting our every move? I still can’t spell “rhythym” because of this. The future is here, and I don’t like what I’m seeing. Maybe all you dystopian futurists were right? Maybe we’re all headed for a life of servitude? Machines building machines. Anarchy. God damn auto-correct.

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  1. Chuck October 17, 2006

    I had a similar conversation w/someone yesterday about a similar topic. We were talking about grammar school computer class and the things WE used to learn vs. what kids these days are learning. When we were in school, we were busy playing around with a turtle on Q-basic, while kids the same age are now designing their own web sites. It was a similar situation with our parents and math class….I’m sure when they got older, they were probably saying the same thing about calculators. How are we ever gonna learn how to use an abacus when calculators can do all the work for you?

    My point is this….embrace it. We should be so lucky as to have a program that corrects our mistakes. With the advent of the cell phone, I can no longer even remember my own phone number. That tiny contraption I carry around in my pocket can remember hundreds of them for me….why clog my brain with useless knowledge when a computer chip can remember it all for me? Sure, maybe we grow to rely on these things more and more as technology improves, but that isn’t such a bad thing, is it? I certainly don’t think it will lead to dystopian society.the advent of the personal computer didn’t, and this is a mere drop in the bucket in comparison.

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