Are Computers Really Human?

by Susan Sanders, Community Relations Director

Do you ever feel as if your computer has a personal vendetta against you? Or that they take on human characteristics and can sense when you are in a hurry and need a document RIGHT NOW!?!?!?!!??

Just yesterday, I powered up my computer to add agenda items for a meeting that was scheduled for 30 minutes later. What happened? The dreaded spin cycle….. The circle of doom! Surely the computer sensed my desperation and was laughing at me as it was spinning, and spinning, and spinning. Seriously, it made me think of the movie, I Robot, starring Will Smith. In that movie, the robots became semi-human and perpetrated crimes. Very scary!

While I am writing this blog about computers hating me in jest (well, sort of), I think of how technology has actually become another tool in our “nurse’s bag” to assist us in caring for those on their end of life journey. We are better able to minister with a servant’s heart by having the information right at our fingertips, not having to make 3 or 4 phone calls and waiting for someone to call us back with information. Hospice care is high touch. We don’t lose that compassionate care just because we pull a computer out of our bag.

I’ll sign off for now because any minute, the computer will figure out I am talking about it and shut me down anyway!