Overcoming Technology

Kenneth has 14 years of healthcare experience in government and private industry. Over eight years of experience managing healthcare IT projects, operations, contracts, and personnel. His work experience includes project management, contracts and procurements, data analysis, claims adjudication, business writing, and business process modeling. Kenneth was certified in 2006 as a Project Management Professional.

Nothing can stop progress—from the creation of fire to the creation of the microprocessor, humans will keep moving forward. As our lives become saturated and controlled by the technology around us, though, we need to ask, who is in control: the people or the technology?

While various movies and books have shown us the danger of artificial intelligence becoming aware and harmful toward humans, I’m not talking about fictional worries. I’m talking about the instinctive response to your cell phone beeping at you, or the time spent understanding how new technology works—only to find out that it doesn’t work any better than the old technology.

We use technology to make our lives better, but does it always work out that way?

The Learning Curve
Whenever a new technology is introduced into your life or workplace, you have to consider what the learning curve will be. It is impacted by many different variables. If the technology is replacing something already being used, then you need to look at how different it is and how much of the current knowledge and expertise will carry over to the new system or product.

For example, new email or messaging software should have features and components already familiar to most; introducing it could include a brief introduction to the new features and time-saving components. If the new technology is …

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- Dave Barry

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