Thursday, May 24, 2012

On tech being good or bad. What say you?

"There is an evil tendency underlying all our technology - the tendency to do what is reasonable even when it isn't any good."
Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

In the best Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey tradition, I've been doing a lot of thinking this week about the meaning of technology. I always seem to hear stories from folks who feel, deeply, that technology is either a force for extreme good or extreme not-so-good. There never seems to be an in-between.

I don't have an answer beyond this: technology is neither positive nor negative. It just is. It is a benign, passive platform that ultimately becomes what we make of it.

How's that for an answer?

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