Futurists predict a rapture of machines, but reality beat them to it by turning computing into a way of life.

Suddenly, everything is a computer. Phones, of course, and televisions. Also toasters and door locks, baby monitors and juicers, doorbells and gas grills. Even faucets. Even garden hoses. Even fidget spinners. Supposedly “smart” gadgets are everywhere, spreading the gospel of computation to everyday objects.

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12 thoughts on “You are already Living in a Computer

  1. Although I understand where you’re coming from with this, (I too wonder at the silliness of some items), but I also acknowledge the amazing technology that has improved the quality of life for so many. I have never had the techno-lust, I can appreciate those things that have made my life better. Interesting, : )

    • Not so silly when decisions get made for you. For example, there’s a store near you stocks a particular brand of honey you like but the central computer decides it’s not selling enough there so it only distributes to a general depot, 100 miles away. You could shrug and say ‘that’s progress ‘ or curse and say, ‘that’s progress.’

      • It was not the computer that decided to not carry the honey I like, it was money. (I buy fresh local honey, and I pay a little more to support my neighbors.). However, you are correct about us not having much choices in a lot of cases. There is always, always, always someone behind that computer. They are either a good person or they are not.
        Without technology, I would never get to hear from you on the other side of the world, and I am glad I get to. : )

      • Yes. There have always been controls on communications; that’s not new. In fact, it is more open than ever before, which is why there is so much that is incorrect, lies, and manipulation. People have not caught up to the rapidly changing manipulation.

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