More on those crazy Millennials.
Many millennials hate interacting with people, according to a new survey. Nearly a third of people 18 to 24 prefer ordering from the drive-thru at restaurants because “they don’t feel like dealing with people,” according to a study by Ohio-based Frisch’s Restaurants, which owns and franchises 120 Big Boy Restaurants. That’s bad news for fast-food employees…“Millennials like not seeing people,” Puzder said. “I’ve been inside restaurants where we’ve installed ordering kiosks … and I’ve actually seen young people waiting in line to use the kiosk where there’s a person standing behind the counter, waiting on nobody.”
The impersonal nature of technical interaction seems to be producing brains that do not want to handle the higher cognitive load that comes from facing an unpredictable, thinking human who will force you to adapt on the fly, and which may even judge you according to its own measures of fitness.
Except in my case. I just think everyone I meet in real life is an asshole.
It is interesting though. I have been confused by the certainty of some that sex robots will be a big craze someday:
We’ve already reported on claims that teenagers could soon be losing their virginity to the mechanical love machines, with scientists also said to be working on robot sex brothel to cut the risk of STIs.But now comes the warning – according to a expert in the field, we’ll need to be careful we don’t get addicted to artificial intelligence love making.Joel Snell is an American Research Fellow from Kirkwood College, and he’s told the Daily Star there’s a real risk linked to the robots.That’s because they’ll offer great sex at any time of the day and night.There’ll be no need to for a bond with the robot, plus it’ll never be able to turn you down.
I always thought that particular activity is not where I would want to be dealing with a machine with lots of gears and articulating pistons that stuff could get caught in. But in light of the first article, the second suddenly makes a lot more sense. It would be sex, without the human interaction. If brains are adapting to their tech devices, to actually be repelled by the relative unpredictability of human interaction, then maybe a robot is the ultimate answer. Though whether that will replace porn, or just become another outlet, I suppose could be argued.
Whatever the final outcome, one thing is for sure. Humans are going to have a lot of evolving to do as technology begins trying to sate every biological urge which previously guided us to reproduction, while seeking to saddle us with as little responsibility as possible. That is kind of like the same thing as removing every instinctual urge to reproduce. People who go the robot route, and get addicted are not going to be having offspring.
So even if there were never an apocalypse, it would seem, given the traits required of future “breeders,” minor amygdala deficiencies like aversions to human interaction will be getting bred out by their own selective pressures. The next iteration of human will be one who comes, out of the box, with all the elements of a K-selected individual hardwired in, and no need to let the environment program them in.
If there was some sort of actual evolutionary divergence of humans, that might indicate a war between r and K could eventually go down. Especially if the r’s gradually adapt to the welfare state as we see them doing now – having twelve kids by ten different daddies, and expecting the K’s to just keep funneling resources to them. The divergence could one day be unimaginable in scale, with some blend of Chuck Norris, Ronald Reagan, and Ted Nugent on one side, and a greedy, entitled Jabba the Hut, with fifteen little Jabbas at it’s feet, on the other. We might not even see them as human.
Of course nothing will pour gas on the flame of evolution like a little Apocalypse between then and now.