I’m not sure where I want to go with this one, or whether it’s even worth trying to blog it.

According to this BBC article, Heapsylon, have invented a pair of socks with sensors in them which will alert you if it seems you are about to fall over.

In His image

Thing is, that’s what my ear canals do already quite nicely.  If they don’t, then once I’ve finished falling over, I guess I can read a text message from my socks that I’m about to fall over in comfort from the ground.

I’ve all sorts of side questions about corrosive sweat, the washing machine, not to mention the eternal battle to keep both socks as a pair.  I can only imagine the weird data generated from my going for a jog with one sock and the eldest duckling going to school with the other.

Joking aside,  I have a thing about using technology to replace things which normally just work right of the box after.  There seems to be a subtle yet growing trend which re-enforces the idea that with out the latest tech gizmo we will be less than amazing.  This is in stark contrast to a couple of lines of poetry written donkeys of years ago:

13 You are the one who put me together inside my mother’s body, 14 and I praise you because of the wonderful way you created me.  Everything you do is marvellous! Of this I have no doubt. (Psalm 139:13-14, CEV)

For those of a religious bent there is also Gen. 1:26 which describes people as being made in God’s image.  The Genesis quote, I believe, refers to people as being made like God in a spiritual sense.  King David, wrote the Psalm I quoted, was as far I understand able-bodied.  I know a few people with disabilities and I’ve an allergy list as long as my arm, yet, I would happily put my name along side the quote, that I am created by God, in His likeness.

So, if what God has created is very good, what are we thinking by trying to augment it?  Pacemakers, prosthetics, medicines are fine and fantastic, but seriously, balance sensing socks?

Deus Ex: Keeping up with the Jones’

Although a huge leap from “iSox ™”, if let my paranoid nerve loose, Deus Ex: Human Revolution could be a case of life imitating art at some point the future.  The cinematic trailer for the game (PG16?) contains the argument that those without augmentation will fall behind those with augmentation.  At socio-economic level it goes without saying this would be a terrible thing.

I think, in a nut-shell what irks me about this, is the whole “keeping-up-with-the-Jones'” thing.  Those that have the means to buy the latest what-ever to set them ahead of the game will gain greater socio-economic power than those who can’t, and the gap will widen.  This rich-poor divide is already in place even without the outcome of my future-gazing.

So what do I do?  What’s my role in all this?  I guess I’ll stick with the One who knows me the best.  The One in who’s image I’m made.  The One who says:

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:25-33, CEV)

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