HCI present significant benefit to humans. However, there are many examples that communicate the potential threats that computer technology poses to humans. One of these examples is the science fiction film The Matrix. The 1999 film depicts a future situation where human are made to live a simulated reality created by machines as way of subduing them (Wachowski & Wachowski, 1999). The machines in turn use the humans’ body heat and electrical activities as a source of energy. It is an apocalyptic vision where the computers takes over the world and keep human captive. One computer programmer discovers this reality and begins a rebellion.
The technologies in this film are presented as possible future developments. The film envisions a situation where the computers develop advanced intelligence that enables them to operate without the direction of humans. The computers are able to perceive the environment, think, learn, and solve problems. It is less probable for the event described in this film to occur. It is less likely that computers that are more intelligence than human would emerge in the future.
My relationship with computer technology turns adversarial when the operating system decides to restart after installing updates. The system never gives me an option of not restarting, and at times, takes up to 20 minutes for the machine to be ready to work again. This automatic restart can be very irritating.
Becoming too dependent on technology is one of the aspects that may threaten or harm people. Most activities in the modern worlds are dependent on machines and technology. From education, health, and building elevator systems to traffic control systems, energy, transportation, and communication. Humans have become so dependent on technology to a point where lives would be significantly disrupted and even lost when there is massive technology failure.
Wachowski, L., & Wochowski (1999). The Matrix (Motion Picture). Village Roadshow Pictures and Silver Pictures (Production Companies)