When technology gets in the way October 29, 2006Posted by dorigo in computers, food, personal, physics.
I have always thought that there is no such thing as too much information. Sure, the more information is available, the better it has to be organized and accessible, but I do not see how it could be a hindrance to a better, more organized, efficient organization of one’s work or day-to-day activities. And yet…
Today’s technology is like a 10 year-old child who is growing too fast for his clothes. We have incredibly sophisticated devices at our service, but we are too slow to learn how to best use them to our advantage.
A small example ? Tonight daylight saving time was ceasing, allowing for one more hour of sleep. Of course I was very happy, since I am on a day shift at the control room of my experiment, CDF, as a Scientific Coordinator. I have to be there at 8AM sharp every day, for a week. Today I would be able to sleep for one extra hour – actually, only half hour, since I had agreed to come earlier than 8AM, to split the extra hour of duty with the former crew which was taking the 0AM-8AM shift.
So when I went to bed last night I set the alarm clock on my cellphone to go off at 7.15, half an hour later than usual – reasoning that the gained hour would compensate: I would then have a full 75′ to get up and arrive at Fermilab at 8.30 DST, which would be actually 7.30 on all updated watches. Wrong!
The devilish little device knew everything, and it went off at 7.15 after having updated for the change of time. So It woke me up one hour too late.
As a result, I was still able to rush to the control room in time for not pissing off anybody, but I had to take a ridiculously fast shower, run, risk a speeding ticket or two, and most of all I had no time to buy any food for my crew (one of the most important duties of the Scientific Coordinator). Darn!