I sometimes wonder if we are not drifting into an Orwellian dystopia under the guise of a Wellsian alternative. Thanks to Social Media, there is a whole new generation of kids out there who live for being the most "Liked"; to be "Trending" more than anyone or to have the most virtual "Friends." Our fingers can now aid us in putting off spending actual, real time with each other and replace it with “virtual time.” It is the rat-race of new digital society, which has developed it’s own etiquette and morays, with the internet the winner in that it is secretly storing all your information in a way that has even impressed the NSA.
The very first person to accurately write about how dependent we will become on computers was the author of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke. In 1968 that novel was made into a seminal film directed by Stanley Kubrick. In it, he and Clarke explored not only the first tablet, but the extent to which computers (in this case the "HAL 9000" Series) would eventually manage our lives; much like Siri or the Galaxy S5 S Voice are starting to do now. In fact, Steve Jobs was such a fan of the film he designed the iPhone to resemble the monolith.
Kubrick and Clarke would take this theory of dependence a step further, exploring the idea that besides becoming a supreme artificial intelligence, computers might eventually develop feelings and even conscious thought. In 1997, Clarke did an interview with Wired magazine in which he stated that he believed that for a computer to have real consciousness it would have to show a genuine sense of humor.
This one tried to spell check the word "wonder" with "wonderfreud." Mmm. Maybe it knows something I don't.