Was reading my morning paper and found a fascinating, yet worrisome, article announcing that Delta Airlines would be installing baggage drop off stations that employ biometric facial-recognition technology. With these stations you tag, weigh and drop off your bags without any interaction with a Delta employee. No mention of how much this will cost (and you know it will) nor how this will work if they are not storing images?
Fascinating technology? You bet. Great for the traveler? I doubt it. Great for Delta. Of course. Now they can eliminate employees and save money, as if they are not making a killing now. They call this “technological unemployment”. I prefer the term “screw you, find another job”…..
Now I know I am old school and there’s no stopping technology but will the jobs created by designing and manufacturing these baggage stations outnumber the ones being lost or will it simply be a revolving door with the new jobs being lost as well thanks to future advancements? Where does it all end and is it really a good thing?
So what the hell does this have to do with metal detecting? Not a damn thing…just got me going.
EVER WONDER WHAT’ COMING?
Try as I might I cannot imagine what a metal detector will look like in the year 2025. I remember thinking way back when that it wouldn’t be long before we would all be able to see the detected item before we dug it. A sort of X-ray. Well thirty years later…nada!!. Hasn’t happened. I must remember however the limited number of manufacturers as well as the number of engineers they employ. We are small potatoes folks. Sure related technology is being worked on elsewhere but will it translate and transfer over? Perhaps but I’m not sure it would be a good thing. The number of newbies entering the pastime would be overwhelming and the availability of places to hunt would almost certainly dry up.
What do you think? What is that you want to see happen in the coming years. What new features would you like to have? Right now the buzz word is “wireless” and I must say I thought this technology would have been perfected and been a standard feature in every metal detector by now. I realize the sticking point is the audio response timing but still….? I wish too the manufacturers would think more about “noticeable” changes instead of minor ones that demand adding numbers after the name or suffixes like Pro, Max and Master.
I don’t doubt there will be a big breakthrough in detector technology soon but when is the mystery. Besides wireless the attention of late has been in accessories like pinpointers and in, excuse me, unnecessary things like shovels, cameras and camouflage. Yes I know anything for a buck but come on folks and will someone please tell me why you want a camo detector or pinponter? Save that rush for Sunday services…
Finally, understand I was born in 1941. No TV’s, computers, cellphones or air-conditioning. Minimum wage was 43 cents per hour and only 55% of the country had indoor plumbing. Why I used to have to shoot my dinners, cook it over an open fire and fight bears on my 30 mile walk to school each day.
Nah just kidding….it was only ten miles.
On a more serious note I do remember having a helluva good time growing up. Life was simple, life was good and we didn’t miss what we didn’t have. Kind of where we are at today or at least where we should be….