A gazillion years ago (okay, five years ago) Bill Joy of Sun Microsystems had a seminal article in Wired magazine about how the technologies we are building will probably destroy us. As you may guess, this was one of the articles that started me down the path of techology criticism. One of the scary visions … Continue reading The Robots are Coming, The Robots are Coming!
There’s no question that human beings are hardwired to make new stuff out of old stuff, to want to discover new things and make old things better. Ever since the first proto-human picked up a rock and used it as a tool, there have been engineers, and ever since someone investigated what that rock could … Continue reading If It Feels Good…
The Feature (a web journal owned by Nokia, for what it’s worth) has a very interesting article by Mark Frauenfelder about the near future of personal robotics. The article is noteworthy both for its coverage of several new devices being created, and for Frauenfelder’s questions over the ethics of passing certain types of work to … Continue reading The Robots Are Coming!
It’s a new year, and that means that everyone and their dogs feel compelled to write about the most interesting things of the last X amount of time. CNN had weighed into the fray with its list of the top 25 innovations of the last 25 years. We can quibble about a lot here: so … Continue reading CNN’s Top 25 Innovations
So far I have been talking pretty exclusively about technologies that I think need some scrutiny for their potential negative effects. So, in the name of balance I thought that I ought to point out that I don’t think all tech is bad tech. To that end, here are a half dozen technologies I think … Continue reading Using Technology for Awesome
So, by now pretty much everyone knows about RFIDs. These are the little chips that are being put in stuff you buy that allows stores like Wal-Mart to more easily track their inventory. This is supposed to help keep costs down by making shoplifting a lot harder and inventory management a lot easier. Many businesses … Continue reading RFID – Really Freakin’ Insane, Dude
OK, I admit it. I have a pretty intense emotional response to a particular kind of technology. The ubiquitous cell phone. I don’t much like telephones to being with, and the idea of having one on your person at all times strikes me as a particular kind of hell. But what’s really appalling is the … Continue reading Call me on my cell phone!
Back in the day (1998) a bunch of concerned people came together to write a sort of manifesto on technology (mainly regarding the Internet). Due to the nature of things, it’s still hanging around on the web, though it looks like no activity has gone on at the site for a couple of years now. … Continue reading Technorealism