What We Get Wrong About Technology 🚫

This article ties in nicely some of the deadly sins shared previously, especially #6 (that article linked to this one). Here’s what I noted:

  • When asked to think how new inventions might shape the future, our imaginations tend to leap to technologies that are sophisticated beyond comprehension. (remember Clark’s 3rd Law?)
  • The most influential technologies are often humble and cheap (because they get used. this is what the printing press did for books)
  • New inventions do not appear in isolation. (see notes on #6 above)
  • Forecasting the future of technology has always been an entertaining but fruitless game. (sound familiar?)

Src: Tim Harford