now this is cool

Some years ago, maybe even months ago, I would never have written this post you’re about to read.

I feared technology rather than focussed on its potential.

I’m currently staying near Dublin, in the house of real and beautiful friends.  I rented a car; cost me too much; will negotiate better next time round for sure.  But the car is absolutely gorgeous: a Hyundai Tucson 2016.  

The gearbox and engine are generous souls: this is just as well, as I was unaccustomed to a manual gearbox and had to be as ballsy as I could as, with due caution but also fairly fearlessly, I rapidly remembered the lessons of my manual-gearboxed driving from a few years ago.

The car is frankly fabulous: airco, satnav, huge boot, gorgeous interior, silent as a church on a joyful day.

But the very best thing is the service which the hire-car company provides: they track where you go with GPS, but also magically track your driving skills as well.  They do this so they can then send you a daily email showing your progress as you improve or not against a Smooth Driving Index they’ve engineered.

Last year I would have been horrified.  This year I am enchanted.  Is this a sign of my utter capitulation to the forces of privacy invasion – or one piece of evidence of my growing happiness and wellbeing?

I don’t think the former.  I do think the latter.  I am falling in love with technology again.  And maybe in the absence of a flesh-and-blood lover I could touch and love and distract myself with, tech is doing its biz for me even faster than it would’ve!

the science of love that might save civilisations

This is a “wow” of an article.  I haven’t read anything like it for … anything like any time I can remember!

It’s headlined:

To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This

It describes how it’s possible for anyone to fall in love with anyone.  In the right circumstances (that is to say, they do exist …), and armed with thirty-six questions plus appropriate process, we can demonstrate – where willing to do so – the efficacy of the science behind falling in love.

You do, of course, have to end it all by staring for a full four minutes into the other person’s eyes.

Just think what that means.

Just think what that means in a world of electronic apocalypse, where articles have a lifetime of minutes and photos are lucky to be examined for more than seconds.

I truly wonder if we’re still capable of staring into the eyes of flesh-and-blood for as long as four minutes.

But if we were …

We could save our – any! – civilisations from the misunderstandings of hatred and horror.

Just by finding a way to make people who hated each other look into each other’s eyes.

The Clash of Civilisations would quickly become the Love-In of Civilisations.

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Onto more practical matters, though, before I finish this evening.  Let’s imagine that the science behind falling in love does exist; that it can be applied; that it works and is as long-lasting as any other method we could choose to use … what if we decided to use our techie knowhow to make it work for an inattentive social-media age?

Imagine we’re back in the 1970s where paper and pencil ruled.  And then come along the killer applications: word-processing programs combined with PCs galore.

Just look where they’ve taken us.

So now imagine, here in 2015, someone looks at the science of love and finds a way of bottling it via code.  Feed that into the smartphones of every globalised human being – and what, exactly, do you get?

The tech and infrastructure’s already in place.

Already fully in place.

Who’s to say that when tomorrow you fall in love with someone’s avatar, or even someone’s reality, it wasn’t the code which made you do it?

Or, indeed, when that violent person didn’t commit that atrocity, they didn’t commit it because we both saw – literally saw – that love is all you need.

(How time – and my perceptions of some in this 2002 video – seem to fly brutally by …)