It seems that we spend nearly as much time waiting as some of us do sleeping. In fact, I’ve been known to be sleeping while waiting.
What is it in this era of mechanization and computerization that we still have to wait. Is it the human element that is still holding us back?
But, hang on, isn’t it the human element that creates the mechanization and computerization? Perhaps we are building in redundancy so that we are not replaced by the very things we are creating to make our lives easier?
We don’t have robots who can perform the same tasks as a GP doctor because we still need the human factor, and since one size does not fit all, no consultation can ever be fit into a specific time frame so there will always be waiting especially as the day wears on.
We cannot automate phone call answering except for the part where you are put in a queue and told your call is important and then you sit there listening to some awful music, seemingly forgotten
There will always be hundreds of calls in a queue for the most important services. or when you need an answer in a hurry, because only a few people are available to answer the phone. Robots will not be able to answer calls either, because once again, only a real person can respond to the randomness of callers questions.
Artificial intelligence only works in science fiction.
Then there is the time we spend waiting at traffic lights, and then, even when the lights are with us, in traffic jams. We are still stumped by trying to find an all-conquering answer to moving masses of people, either by the roads or by public transport.
The latter is all too frequently suffering delays and congestion due to the number of services needed and decaying networks and infrastructure, all of which is only going to get worse, with, of course, longer delays and more waiting.
Maybe the answer is to work from home but sadly the internet, that so-called answer to all our off-site networking, is not going to cope, and in fact, in this country, our latest update is a retrograde step on speed and availability, ie more waiting and less work.
Waiting, it seems, we are stuck with it whether we like it or not. Good thing then our lives are longer. But, if we delve into the mystery of longer lives now against what they were back when there was less waiting, maybe we still have the same amount of life, and the fact we’re living longer is negated by all the waiting.
I’m sure we didn’t have to wait very long for anything a hundred years ago.