The author and biochemist, Isaac Asimov predicted that “in a properly automated and educated world, then, machines may prove to be the true humanising influence. It may be that machines will do the work that makes life possible and that human beings will do all the other things that make life pleasant and worthwhile”.
There’s a lot of truth in that although some of us are not adhering to the ‘pleasant and worthwhile’ prediction, nor are they using their machines for the greater good. But in fortunate countries like New Zealand/Aotearoa machines are our pals and it is amazing what some of them do. Even a little beastie that marches across my desk when I am bored and/or procrastinating; it has tiny, tiny screws and diminutive cogs and for all it is unsophisticated it is a beautiful little machine and it amuses me.
But what about those huge and magnificent machines that awe us? Is there a machine in your workplace that you particularly love – one that makes you smile at the sheer aptitude, even perhaps effrontery, of it? Does it make you go Whoa! or even Good Grief? Let me know – send me a photo and tell me what is so great, outrageous and just darn beautiful about your favourite machine. It doesn’t have to be complex, it could even be the ratty old conveyor belt that makes you smile because of the way the apples bounce along it. Surprise me…