By Chanita Teitz

I read a very interesting article last week about the development of our technological world. The article began by saying how man first walked barefoot until he realized he could ride on his donkey, horse, or camel. Later he invented a canoe to cross a river, which led to larger boats and ships to cross the ocean. Wagons, trains, cars, and airplanes get us everywhere we want to go, faster and faster.

Technology has led to greater and greater communication. I appreciate being able to speak to and see my grandchildren in Israel right on my phone. I was able to see my son hand out the Chanukah gelt that I sent my grandchildren.

But, the writer continued, machines break down. Cars crash, planes crash, and computers crash, too. And when a whole network crashes, civilization goes a step back. Today we must deal with cyber-terrorism and we worry about terrorists shutting down our electric grid and other necessities.

He went on to say that robots are taking over. We have had robots for years doing important things that help man. Robots are assisting in operating rooms, they help detonate bombs, and they are even up in space.

We have Alexa, Google, and Waze that we can talk to and get answers to our questions. But what happens if a robot is programmed to do harm? Some sinister programmer can cause terrible damage. Not just with robots, but from any computer. The internet is a huge network and we are all vulnerable to any sinister manipulation.

I certainly don’t want to go back to horse-and-buggy days, but some things still must be done by us — like lighting a Chanukah menorah with oil, by hand. Beauty is sometimes captured in simplicity.

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Chanita Teitz is a real-estate broker at Astor Brokerage in Kew Gardens Hills, serving the entire Queens vicinity. For all your real-estate needs, call her at 718-263-4500 or email chanita@astorbrokerage.com

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