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When you think about technological progress chances are you think about your own life becoming more convenient. A fire was easier to start with a chunk of flint than rubbing two sticks together, and once it was discovered it was utilized out of convenience. Convenience has always driven innovation, so it’s not an unrealistic assumption to expect a more convenient life in the future. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows though, as convenience means work transferred to machines, which means less work for people. In the past this has meant a transfer in the job market, old careers being replaced with new ones, and fields opening up which did not exist before. With the automation possible today we are seeing an exponential trend of automation, with more jobs being replaced by machines than are being …show more content…
In Sonia Maasik and Jack Solomon's anthology Signs of Life in the USA, they include an essay by Jenkins, in which he introduces his “black box fallacy,” stating that humanity will always look for a singular device that will accomplish virtually every task. Jenkins uses such examples as smartphones to illustrate the natural pursuit to “converge” all our tasks onto one device (Jenkins 427). Jenkins argues that this is an impossibility, and that as new technology is developed old technology must adapt. While we may never quite reach Jenkin’s “black box” we can come close, as demonstrated by the very example he uses. A smartphone may be replaced by a device even more useful someday, but in the present exists as an invaluable communication device. Even if society offers resistance at first, technologies such as 3D printing and APM machines will force economic reform, and if not those specific technologies it will be something in the more distant future, with even more drastic

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