- Steve Jobs Never Wanted Us to Use Our iPhones Like This – Cal Newport: “The devices have become our constant companions. This was not the plan.”
- It’s almost impossible to function without the big five tech giants — last February a journalist tried living without using any servive of the 5 tech giants that rule the world. It made some noise, but not enough in my opinion;
- Finding Lena, the Patron Saint of JPEGs
- The Secret History of Women in Coding — today we’re always talking about diversity in the programming scene. Once upon a time (when a formal training was somewhat needed) male programmers were the exception, not the norm. It’s always good to remember from where we come from …
- In Praise of Extreme Moderation — Today seems that everyone’s is always busy. But it’s all worth it???
Statistics like that throw into sharp relief the challenge for Silicon Valley and its leaders in 2019: They are stereotyped, and perhaps not unfairly, as out of touch with the people whose lives they affect around the world. If you’re a billionaire who dines with other billionaires, skis with other billionaires, and raises your family alongside other billionaires, then maybe your work decisions are based on a narrow understanding of the world outside of San Francisco.Vox, 9 May 2019
I do find that many products coming from USA are too much connected with a certain kind of culture, ignoring peoples’ needs in their aseptic form; ie. a apparel covers the need of body protection, while many “apps” – but I should say business models like Uber of that of food delivery — covers needs for a certain model of economics that only with time spreads elsewhere generating nightmares.
Nightmares like really poor people running all over the city I live in, for Glovo or other firms, with stolen bikes, dirty food bags and without any form of ‘social care’ for their being workers.
- Childhood’s End. The digital revolution isn’t over but has turned into something else
- Maybe Only Tim Cook Can Fix Facebook’s Privacy Problem
- It’s 2019 and I Still Make Websites with my Bare Hands
- The Tech Revolt – A sometimes pointed, sometimes resigned conversation with engineers, designers, research scientists, and job candidates who are pushing for a more ethical Silicon Valley
- The Teens Who Rack Up Thousands of Followers by Posting the Same Photo Every Day – A new meme format on Instagram is giving kids a low-pressure way to express themselves, make friends—and go viral;
Much of this, remarkably, was envisaged by E. M. Forster in his 1909 story “The Machine Stops,” in which he imagined a future where people live underground in isolated cells, never seeing one another and communicating only by audio and visual devices. In this world, original thought and direct observation are discouraged—“Beware of first-hand ideas!” people are told. Humanity has been overtaken by “the Machine,” which provides all comforts and meets all needs—except the need for human contact. One young man, Kuno, pleads with his mother via a Skype-like technology, “I want to see you not through the Machine. . . . I want to speak to you not through the wearisome Machine.”Oliver Sacks, the New Yorker
He says to his mother, who is absorbed in her hectic, meaningless life, “We have lost the sense of space. . . . We have lost a part of ourselves. . . . Cannot you see . . . that it is we that are dying, and that down here the only thing that really lives is the Machine?”
This is how I feel increasingly often about our bewitched, besotted society, too.
“In a consumerist society, we are not meant to buy one pair of jeans and then be satisfied,” Cederström and Spicer write, and the same, they think, is true of self-improvement. We are being sold on the need to upgrade all parts of ourselves, all at once, including parts that we did not previously know needed upgrading. (This may explain Yoni eggs, stone vaginal inserts that purport to strengthen women’s pelvic-floor muscles and take away “negative energy.” Gwyneth Paltrow’s Web site, Goop, offers them in both jade and rose quartz.) There is a great deal of money to be made by those who diagnose and treat our fears of inadequacy; Cederström and Spicer estimate that the self-improvement industry takes in ten billion dollars a year.
Almost one year later, someone pointed me to Improving Ourselves to Death ☞ . Well worth a read, my friend…
Society is not some grand abstraction, my friends. It‘s just us. It’s the words we use, which are the thoughts we have, which determine the actions we take.