When I think about time management, external memory, and communication – three topics that concern many readers of this blog – I immediately think of Smart Phones. People tend to use their Smart Phones for communication, reminders, and alarms. I use an “ancient flip phone” rather than a modern Smart Phone, so I chose to use outside help to write this post. Throughout this post, I refer to an article written by Scott Adams, creator of the cartoon Dilbert, because his article about Smart Phones is applicable, imaginative, and funny – just like his cartoons.
Adams begins by suggesting that you’re already a cyborg if “you keep your cell phone with you most of the time, especially if the earpiece is in place.” Technically, you are using your phone as an “exobrain,” according to Adams. “Don’t protest that your cellphone isn’t part of your body just because you can leave it in your other pants. If a cyborg can remove its digital eye and leave it on a shelf as a surveillance device, and I think we all agree that it can, your cellphone [also] qualifies as part of your body. In fact, one of the benefits of being a cyborg is that you can remove and upgrade parts easily. So don’t give me that “It’s not attached to me” argument. You’re already a cyborg. Deal with it.”
According to Adams your “regular brain uses your exobrain to outsource part of its memory, and perform other functions, such as GPS navigation, or searching the Internet.” A future version of the exobrain might “recognize faces and automatically cross reference them to Facebook and other social media. Wouldn’t it be great to meet someone you have met before and have your exobrain whisper to your earpiece ‘That’s Bob. He’s a chiropractor.’” Adams continues by implying that your exobrain could “prompt you on social niceties, noticing before you do that a person has lost weight, or changed hairstyles, or (based on Facebook) taken a trip to Cabo. When you get cornered by a bore at a party, your exobrain [could] recognize that you aren’t doing any of the talking, and place a discreet call to your wing man or woman across the room for a rescue mission.”
- What tools help you manage time?
- What tools help you remember important dates, tasks, and times?
- What tools help you communicate?
- What compensation tools could you be using that you are not using now?
Thanks to Scott Adams whose article about Smart Phones I used extensively in this post.