Chopra: What Ails Tech Can Be Cured With More Tech
Deepak Chopra — doctor, wellness adviser, meditation advocate. Gadget guy.
“I believe technology is part of human evolution, and it’s here to stay,” the celebrity guru told The Washington Post. “If you don’t adapt to it and you don’t use it creatively, then according to Darwinian principles you will soon be extinct.”
According to the Post, Chopra collects data on his sleep, his breathing, and his stress. He also lives in a “smart home” in New York City that controls his circadian rhythms through Internet-connected lights.
“In the past you didn’t need circadian lighting because you went to sleep when the sun set, and you woke up and the sun rose,” he told the Post. “But ever since the invention of the lightbulb we are able to violate everything that is possible to violate to ruin our biology. So now we have to resort to technology to bring us back to our natural state which is oneness with the environment.”
He also has a financial interest in being a tech cheerleader, the Post noted.
Chopra uses social media to build an audience, has a wellness app called Jiyo — and is an adviser to tech company Delos, which created smart home software called Darwin that he uses in his home, the Post reported.
“The businesses that will survive in the future are the businesses that improve the quality of life on our planet, the quality of the environment, the quality of our relationships and the quality of our social interactions,” he declared.
“The future of our well-being and the future of technology are tied in,” he added. “I believe that in five years from now when you go to see a physician, instead of getting a prescription, you might get a technology session for reducing inflammation in your body or regulating a blood pressure.”
According to Chopra, what is wrong with technology will be righted by even more technology — just used in a different way.
“I think technology has created a lot of stress for a lot of people, but that’s not the fault of technology,” he told the Post. “It’s the fault of the people who use technology.”
“Let’s do it wisely,” he advised.