The problem is not “57 Channels (And Nothin’ On)”, as Bruce Springsteen put it, but the opposite: there is too much on.
Since the washing machine and the dishwasher, engineers have had a hard time realising the perennial dream of a “smart home”
We knew her name, the number of times her services had been engaged, and of a few short testimonials, apparently from real people, though who knows?
The technology benefits everyone, which then erodes the advantage of controlled thinking – for instance, by the over-consumption of food.
Achieving “good sleep” is becoming a new source of stress, which has been termed “orthosomnia”.
Advertising, once a creative industry, is now a data-driven business reliant on algorithms. The implications are deeply sinister – not only for the consumer but for democracy itself.
Ian Leslie discovers how the two companies show Silicon Valley’s split personality.
By using ever more machines we lose not only physical skills, but cognitive faculties.
The internet is an answer machine, it doesn’t help us ask better questions. It feeds the illusion that we already know everything we need to know to be well-informed.
Policy-making decisions must have their wider social, as well as economic, impact taken into account.