Introduction

The paper Five things we need to know about technological change is really good. I share some ideas with Neil Postman. I lived in a region where computers were not common up to the end of my high school days, therefore I contrast my daily routines today and the technological dependencies we have is outrageous.

I just outlined the five reasons described in the book and took some considerations. Please, read the original material too!

The unexamined life is not worth living. — Socrates

Let's examine!

1. Culture always pays a price for technology

Human memory was something important in the past. Nowadays you can look at your phone to unlock the OS, talk to your personal assistant and she can take the notes for you, sync it with all other cloud services that you must have. Why bother to remember something? What else we give away for the benefit of new techs?

2. There are always winners and losers in technological change

For some time I wore the Free Software t-shirt and only used products from the Linus Free Software Foundation. I even installed the GNU Kernel to see how it worked. Back at that time, I had this clear notion that people give away too much information about themselves and they rapidly place trust in companies and people who can give them easier access to tasks or superficial convenience.

The price we pay for better interfaces, ease in use, fast access to information and gadgets is tremendous. People don't realize it, but must have winners with pretty good intentions out there. o/

3. Every great technology has embedded a political and social prejudice

The idea here is to show how a specific technology can impose particular behaviors over people. I think there is no better example than cellphones. It completely changed how we behave in public, how we spend out time, how we think during the day. We create an artificial social status around the acquisition of the better and most upgraded version of the same devices we already have. (for no clear reason).

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4. Technological change is not additive; it changes everything

I noticed something really odd happening recently, after the Docker Inc. publishing the first stable version of the docker container technology, the curve of adoption was incredible. From 2015 to 2016 the Docker adoption increased more than 30%. Which technologies had such impact over the recent years?

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5. Technology tends to become mythic; perceived as part of the natural order of things

I think we already noticed this in every day life. From my point of view we have achieve the same problems as we have with politics or even religion. After their establishments, they become really hard to question if there are better alternative ways. We might be running towards the same problem with technology indeed. Is the internet the way it is, the only way possible? How could it be different?