The Norman Transcript


March 30, 2013

Empathy chip, where are you?



Why is it we automatically assume computers, in particular, are capable of reading our minds and performing other minor miracles? Perhaps it is wishful thinking, but wouldn’t it be grand if it were true?

In either case, how often do we hear someone say “I know the computer can do this but I can’t make it perform according to my expectations”? Obviously, your expectations are unreasonable or the computer is not as smart as you thought. Or, (insert gasp) you are a technically incompetent piece of carbon matter.

Believe it or not, technology can be a hindrance. Take for example, the ubiquitous use of cell phones and all their capabilities.

Whether they are young or well-seasoned, there is a direct correlation between using said gadget and the speed with which they drive. Weaving in traffic, also known as not driving between the lines, or slowing down to a crawl on the freeway are signs the attention of the driver in front of you is on something other than the road.

How often have you noticed someone holding the cell phone in front of them, yelling? Clearly, those are one-sided “conversations.” Or, the speaker is unclear on the concept of how telephones operate and thinks they have to shout in order to be heard.

The perfect solution to our problems with technology is the Empathy Chip.

Once implanted under the skin it syncs up with whatever new gadget comes near it (similar to a Bluetooth) and instantly provides instant omniscience, at least with regard to the use and operation of gadgets.

Please note “omniscience” in the generally accepted form of the word is not available in chip form, yet.

Elizabeth is a freelance writer and author. Check out her novel “The Dionysus Connection” on Amazon or ask your bookstore to order it for you. Visit her website

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