It seems grossly unfair to me that every browser I use, every software program comes with a ‘settings’ button whereby you can make all sorts of choices regarding how you want the program to act in certain circumstances. You can set it to dim the screen at night, to automatically save your work, how it appears in terms of colour, font, etc. So … why doesn’t the human body have a ‘settings’ button or an ‘undo’ button?
Think about it … you just said something stupid to a friend … UNDO … and poof, it was never said. Didn’t mean to eat that second roll at dinner? UNDO! Oops, I overslept … UNDO! Don’t like the way your hair looks this morning? With the press of a button, you could change the ‘font’! Better yet, you could adjust the ‘settings’ so that your hair always looked just as you wanted it to, and when you got tired of the colour or style, you could simply change it up in the settings.
If humans came with settings and undo buttons, there would never need to be car crashes again … the driver who wasn’t paying attention and ran through the red light could just hit his ‘undo’ button and be transported back 30 seconds in time, perhaps saving a life or two. Don’t like something about yourself, such as your skin colour, sassy mouth, or the way one ear sits higher than the other? Just go into the ‘settings.’
The ‘undo’ function in humans would put an end to the whole abortion debate/issue! There would be no unwanted pregnancies, thus no need to make laws to keep women under the thumbs of the male-dominated law!
Visiting France, but you don’t speak more than four words of French? No need to fumble around with a French-English dictionary, automatically labeling yourself “Tourist” as if you had a sign on your back. Simply change the language feature in your ‘settings’ … Ouah! C’était facile! The possibilities are endless!
Oh, and what about late at night when our battery is running low, we just want to get to bed, but there is work yet to be done? Well, just switch to ‘battery saver’ mode!
I’ve long heard about the ‘miracle’ of the human body, and it is pretty impressive how the heart, lungs and other organs all work together to keep us ticking, but when you think about the computer, the human body pales in comparison. Technology has come so far that now computers can even write college term papers in under 10 minutes, but the human body is still slogging along much as it did 200 years ago. Oh sure, there have been advances in treating diseases such as cancer and AIDS, extending the life of humans, but the human body itself has not been improved on … we still have no ‘settings’ button, no ability to really control the body and its behaviour.
Seems to me that science would do better to work on improvements to the human body and mind rather than spend time and money making computers do everything for us!