When I troll the blogosphere, I’m looking for ideas. Things that will inspire me in my writing. Finding ‘The Inhumanity of Smart Technology” was like catnip. For years we saw the possibility of technology being a necessity as fiction. But now I see us give a little bit more of our lives over to technology everyday because it’s simpler, cheaper, easier, more eco-friendly. We need more voices willing talk about the darker side of technology in our everyday lives.

L.M. Sacasas

I’m allergic to hyperbole. That said, Evgeny Morozov identifies one of the most important challenges we face in the coming years:

“There are many contexts in which smart technologies are unambiguously useful and even lifesaving. Smart belts that monitor the balance of the elderly and smart carpets that detect falls seem to fall in this category. The problem with many smart technologies is that their designers, in the quest to root out the imperfections of the human condition, seldom stop to ask how much frustration, failure and regret is required for happiness and achievement to retain any meaning.

It’s great when the things around us run smoothly, but it’s even better when they don’t do so by default. That, after all, is how we gain the space to make decisions—many of them undoubtedly wrongheaded—and, through trial and error, to mature into responsible adults, tolerant of compromise and complexity.”

Exactly right.

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