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By Kevin Kelly I remember the smoke the most. That pungent smell permeating the camps of tribal people. Everything they touch is infused with the lingering perfume of smoke — their food, shelter, tools, and art. Even the skin of the youngest tribal child emits smokiness when they pass by. I can hold a memento from my visits decades later and still get a whiff of that primeval scent.
Anywhere in the world, no matter the tribe, steady wafts of smoke drift in from the central fire. If things are done properly, the flame never goes out. It smolders to roast bits of meat, and its embers warm bodies at night.
Fire is a universal tool, good for so many things, and it leaves an indelible mark of smoke on a society with scant other technology.
Besides the smoke I remember the immediacy of experience that opens up when the mediation of technology is removed in a rough camp.
Living close to the land as hunter-gatherers do, I got colder often, hotter more frequently, soaking wet a lot, bitten by insects faster, more synchronized to rhythm of the day and seasons.
I was shocked at how quickly I could dump the cloud of technology in my modern life for a cloud of smoke. But I was only visiting. Living in a world without technology was a refreshing vacation, but the idea of spending my whole life there was, and is, unappealing.
Like you, or almost anyone else with a job today, I could sell my car this morning and with the sale proceeds instantly buy a plane ticket to a remote point on earth in the afternoon.
A string of very bumpy bus rides from the airport would take me to a drop-off where within a day or two of hiking I could settle in with a technologically simple tribe.
I could choose a hundred sanctuaries of hunter-gatherer tribes that still quietly thrive all around the world. At first a visitor would be completely useless, but within three months even a novice could at least pull their own weight and survive.
No electricity, no woven clothes, no money, no farm crops, no media of any type — only a handful of hand-made tools. Every adult living on earth today has the resources to relocate to such a world in less than 48 hours.
But no one does. The gravity of technology holds us where we are. We accept our attachment. But to really appreciate the effects of technology — both its virtues and costs — we need to examine the world of humans before technology.
What were our lives like without inventions? For that we need to peek back into the Paleolithic era when technology was scarce and humans lived primarily surrounded by things they did not make.
We can also examine the remaining contemporary hunter-gatherer tribes still living close to nature to measure what, if anything, they gain from the small amount of technology they use.
The problem with this line of questioning is that technology predated our humanness.
Many other animals used tools millions of years before humans. Chimpanzees made and of course still make hunting tools from thin sticks to extract termites from mounds, or slam rocks to break nuts.
Even termites themselves construct vast towering shells of mud for their homes. Ants herd aphids and farm fungi in gardens. Birds weave elaborate twiggy fabrics for their nests. The strategy of bending the environment to use as if it were part of your body is a billion year old trick at least.A world without technology had enough to continue life but not enough to transcend it.
The mind, liberated by language, and enabled by the technium, transcended the constraints of nature, and opened up greater realms of possibility.
Living without technology will be totally impossible as this has become every day’s application as more and more people are gaining knowledge on how to make use of the communication tools to improve their ways of living and staying informed on the current technology to avoid being left behind.
A world with out Technology is an idea for good and the same time for bad, because the technology was created to help the human's activities, but unfortunately some technology is have used to hurt the people, and damage the world like weapons, hackers, etc. How could a Roman citizen identify himself in a world without pictures, computers or biometrics?
Ancient Rome being a slave-owned society, proving who you were could mean the difference between being free and being put up for sale at a slave market.
The concept of a world without technology may seem inconceivable to some people.
Modern society relies and revolves heavily around technology and continues to involve every day. Throughout mankind’s existence, humanity has been able to find ways to progress new ideas and . Technology especially in the face of rapidly increasing population helps us in utilizing the Earth’s resources more efficiently.
It is due to technology that human race is surviving the unprecedented population expansion and without it, the human race would have died out long ago in a global hunger Armageddon.