How to learn to swim in the agitated sea of ​​new technologies

That is why the pervasiveness of digitization in our lives must soon lead us to a mastery of the means to develop ourselves

New Technologies: New technologies are a rough sea in which to learn to swim
New technologies are a rough sea in which to learn to swim

The impact of new technologies on today's daily life is an epochal phenomenon about which it is very difficult to make permanent and conclusive arguments.

This derives from a series of circumstances, currently unavoidable: a) technology is constantly evolving; b) it has never had such a pervasive and omnipresent influence in every moment of the day as in this historical period, even modifying people's life habits in real time and in a substantial way; c) has never been so accelerated, constantly changing the horizons, the paradigms and the same limits of the same, limits once considered unheard of; d) has never been so penetrating and modeling in people's attention and cognitive abilities on the surrounding reality, especially in the developmental age.

From the dawn of civilizations, every technology devised by mankind has modified way of thinking and reasoning of people: just think of the calendar, of writing, of the book: the calendar has encouraged the ability to plan and manage human actions; the writing, first, and the book, then, have promoted and strengthened the ability of concentration, logic and conceptualization of the human beings who have had access to them, promoting an abstract type of thinking.

New technologies are also transforming the way people think and reason in contemporary society.

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New technologies: pervasiveness and new technologies are at the center of the debate
Pervasiveness and new technologies are at the center of the debate

In which direction are we going and what awaits humanity?

A certain way of using new technologies (mainly based on the passive viewing of images or videos) would seem to solicit analogical, associative and emotional thinking, which would favor little critical thinking, a favorable terrain for fake news.

At the same time, the new technologies (organized, administered, supervised and conducted correctly) would be potentially (and in some cases have already revealed themselves) extraordinary tools that unfold numerous new possibilities

They are opening up new opportunities in many fields, from work to research, from education to health; they have created new learning environments, which schools of all levels are not always able to grasp and fully exploit (partly due to structural resistance, partly due to the reluctance of human resources); they are changing the very nature of knowledge proper, transforming it into a collective and shared phenomenon in continuous growth, with a constellation of connections between people, geographical areas and diversified environments of a scope never seen before.

Despite this, unfortunately we live in a world that is not yet ready to welcome them and exploit them in their own way full potential, because it is negatively conditioned by the logic of various countries which, for their own economic and political gain, think mainly of their own backyard.

Various governments would even seem to oppose, some openly, others subtly, the freedom of circulation of knowledge that new technologies would allow to have.

As a consequence some social networks, which at the beginning of their existence were fertile fields of exploration without constraints, would seem to have lately become formidable censors of the different ideas and opinions among people.

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New Technologies: New technologies affect mankind
New technologies affect mankind

Speed, contagiousness and unknowns of techniques we handle

A profound difference with the technologies of the past is precisely the paroxysmal and transformative speed of the new ones, as well as their omnipresence, which would not allow to fully and clearly grasp all the outcomes, both negative and positive, and their more or less balanced and mediated it could have on the mind of individuals, especially growing ones.

There would therefore be an urgent need to acquire a conscious and balanced mastery of the new technologies.

A mastery that cannot arise easily on a spontaneous and intuitive level on the part of individual people (and certainly cannot be entrusted only to those who want to sell products or services connected to them), but institutions and training agencies must take charge of it Super partes

One of the main unknowns is that the age at which children access tablets and smartphones, like real "electronic babysitters" (as used to happen with TV) is decreasing in a worrying and uncritical way (on the part of parents).

The concern is that these tools, especially in people who have not yet fully developed the higher structures of the brain, and who have neither mastery nor deep conscious knowledge of the objects and the related risks they hold in their hands, could cause.

These dangers are easily identifiable: a) an addiction going to further fill the already sad dopamine market; b) problems in learning, motivation, socialization and enthusiasm with which one should approach one's life goals; c) an escape from an unpleasant reality and/or that requires a commitment that one does not want to sustain; d) false knowledge based on undetectable and reliable sources.

Or simply and paradoxically, a risk is that the new technologies themselves remain empty and useless tools and that they lose all their creative potential, or keep it only for a niche of people, becoming only time-fillers for most of the others.

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New technologies: we are in the presence of an omnipresence of new technologies
We are in the presence of an omnipresence of new technologies

Technology, between suspicions and problems, like TV between the 70s and 90s

The large-scale introduction of every technology it can actually arouse bewilderment and dismay, especially when one realizes, in progress or a posteriori, that its introduction can have an impact on people's lives, radically changing their habits.

Already since the 70s of the twentieth century, for example, scholars of various fields of knowledge were concerned with the characteristic of the television medium of modifying behavior and the attention faculty in children, who were left alone in front of it without time constraints and without filters cognitive.

Television, on the other hand, was and is a neutral, positive or negative tool depending on the contents transmitted, the transmission formats used and the ideologies present or absent in those who manage them as well as the responsibility of the adults who allow their unconditional use.

As a degree thesis in the mid-90s, I myself made the argument that a certain type of television content, transmitted with images, excessive speed and light stimuli, could negatively modify children's ability to pay attention and understand a text ( also filmic), accustoming them to a passive and uncritical learning style.

But it wasn't an attack on television technology, but rather against a wrong way of using that medium by producers, a way that could "passivize" children-

The intent of the writer was also to alert parents who carelessly left their children for hours in front of the TV (exactly as they do today with tablets and smartphones).

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There is the return of an iconic hyper-stimulation of certain audiovisuals

This phenomenon of the time (iconic hyper-stress in certain audiovisuals) could be seen amplified today with a certain use of smartphones or similar devices, where images and short sequences are seen passing by at speed.

Taking a linguistic license, we could compare certain television formats to some of today's social networks and the related platforms on which they are built.

Obviously, not all platforms are organized in the same way and not all social networks are the same.

Some also allow you to write and read in a substantial way, to discuss reasoning in an important way or to enjoy long videos of storytellers of various kinds (which require high listening skills and attention), others are instead more characterized by fragmented analog content and disconnected (images, short videos, etc.), which only emotionally capture children on audio-video of dubious taste.

So new technologies can arouse, depending on the format used, analogical thoughts and knowledge by association or digital thoughts and knowledge by abstraction.

It is important that institutions and training agencies become aware of these distinctions according to the organisational, transmission methods of the contents and also the active or passive use of the end users.

It is equally important that they disseminate this knowledge in a profound and capillary way among parents and students, leading everyone to a balanced and conscious use of new technologies.

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New technologies: educating the younger generations in new technologies is essential
Educating the younger generations in new technologies is essential

The actual risks and the potential to be released through education

For many years it has been considered essential to ban the use of cars for minors under the age of 18, and to ask them to pass exams to be able to drive them independently, but the same type of reasoning is not used with devices that allow unlimited access to the Web and to some apps.

This deregulated freedom, especially with minors, is equally virtually harmful to people's lives, whether the negative use is active, with cyberbullying, or passive and in any case inappropriate, or through the simple use of videos of verbal, visual , and so on).

Although many new technologies have been created mainly to solve a problem, to do business or to do good (and certainly not to kill, apart from the new types of weaponry), each technology, depending on who organizes or fills it content, it can lose its neutrality and its beneficial potential.

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New technologies: New technologies require a change of habits
New technologies require a change of habits

The metaphor of the hammer: to hammer nails or to hurt others?

For example, as the hammer is undoubtedly built with the sole purpose of beating pots or nails, but there are still people who have used it to harm other people, we must be aware of all the potentially harmful implications that each new technology entails for protect the most fragile or theoretically exposed people and equip them with cognitive tools and practices so that they can protect themselves.

In fact, through each new technology certain powers in charge are able to move public opinion in an incisive and increasingly immersive way, deceiving it.

Let's think about how the dictatorships in the first decades of the twentieth century used cinema and radio to spread propaganda.

First with the television (when it spread to every home), and later with the computer (which gave individual access to the Web) and even more with the smartphone (through which the Web is carried around the clock), whoever controls the web media and social networks of each country can spread a domesticated and distorted view of the facts.

On the contrary, since the most popular social networks are not found in the majority of user countries, they can be used by supplier states to manipulate public opinion in other countries.

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The essential education to govern the technological world

Even if technology has surprisingly improved every sector of our existence (health, communication, business, means of transport, training, etc.), we must never lose our critical spirit.

We are the ones who, welcoming it and using it to its fullest, must in any case dominate the medium and be responsible for it, not let ourselves be dominated by it or through it and this can only happen with education, at every social level and living environment.

Only through education on their specific characteristics, on their possible uses and also on any risks, will we finally be able to immerse ourselves with tranquility in the sea of ​​new technologies, unleashing all their potential, but also and above all ours through them.

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