The New Yorker poses an important question: As Technology Gets Better, Will Society Get Worse? I have been thinking about this topic lately because I am doing a lot of background reading on technology, automation and what various people think will be the effect on our society and economy.
So far the outlook seems to swing between doomsday and nirvana with little discussion in between. The in between is not so sexy and controversial I suppose and doesn’t sell books.
The New Yorker piece puts its finger squarely on something we can observe directly. And it is also observable in a more general sense outside the specific community they showcase.
I will be coming back with some more thoughts on this shortly, but for now, read this story and get your own mind going. You need to have a position on this. Read More …
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