We live in a smart age. We are hyper-connected with many digital means. We start to build our new communities through instant messages, social net works and various hash tags. We also live in a time of uncertainty. We have been witnessing financial crises, the internet bubble, the extinction of traditional cultures and values. We are all wondering, do we still pursue knowledge and love? Do we still have compassion for the suffering of mankind? And what's the role of humanism in today’s highly technological world?
First, let’s talk about movies. Thanks to Three Dimension technique, the audience can enjoy the intoxicating effects in movies such as AVATAR. But, today I’m not going to talk about movies, I’m going to share with you a special 3D technique in medical field. A few years ago, a CT scanner could only provide doctors with plain image data, but now, doctors can get more. An advanced CT scanner can integrate the plain image data and produce a 3D model. It’s like having a real patient inside the computers. Doctors can even rotate them to check their backs, to remove any redundant tissue to see a deeper structure. With this technique, the bleeding, the tumor, or the vascular embolism can be located more precisely. A question then comes to me: why are medical researchers trying to make the high-tech equipment more high-tech?
Like all other social and cultural revolutions, there’s always an invisible power behind them, in this case, I call the power—humanism. It is also a spirit behind those machines that knows exactly what patients need, a spirit that encourages us to develop technology, and root technology in human beings.
Think about the voice-controlled GPS systems in cars. Can you imagine how many car accidents are avoided every year with the help of them? What about front facing cameras on cell phones? Do you think they are extra decorations put there just for fun? Actually, it brings the great convenience of “face to face” communication. And do you think a flat computer is only a symbol of fashion? Well, it is a perfect example of an era where electronics are designed not only smart, also simple to use. Humanism, with no doubt, turns technology into meaningful actions instead of just being a mysterious noun. For disabled people, the artificial limbs can now bring the sense of touch back to them again. For people who can’t hear, the Bionic Ear can receive and transmit sound waves for them, so that they can feel the fluent rhythm of Chopin and smooth voice of Adele just like we can.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is a time of technology, this is also a time of humanism—guiding—technology. This technology can be a chemo-therapy. It can also be a biological weapon. It all depends on our choices. As this technological trend goes on, you may wonder what our world is going to be like in the future. Well, I would say as long as the spirit of humanism is there, it must be a place just like home.