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Links related to technology presented in somewhat random fashion:

Gadgets have stopped working together, and it’s becoming an issue
The enduring allure of retro tech – Vox
In our focus on the digital, have we lost our sense of what being human means? Genevieve Bell

Copenhagen Letter

Recommended Listening
Technology: Questions of ethics and fairness – Future Tense – The technology sector has a long history of designing devices to lock in customers and accelerate consumption. But “planned obsolescence” as it’s called is facing a push-back. We also speak with Margaret Mitchell, who helped set up the AI ethics group at Google, only to find she was shown the door when the company’s bosses didn’t like what she had to tell them.

2017 Boyer Lectures: Fast, Smart and Connected: What is it to be Human, and Australian, in a Digital World

How do you watch and listen at home? – Your desire to listen to music and watch movies and TV shows has probably not changed much in your life-time but the connected home has changed the way you do it.

@dweinberger @NPR @feraldata @roughtype @ajkeen

Technology and Education – Antony Funnell, presenter of RN’s Future Tense, talks about our relationship with technology and what it means for education.

Where Can Technology Take Us? – The digital revolution has already reconfigured almost every aspect of our lives, but with new innovations appearing on the horizon every day, the landscape is still set to change beyond all recognition. Alasdair Blackwell,Tom Chatfield, Debbie Forster and Matthew Taylor explore the transformative technologies that have the potential to offer us a radically new future.


Let my machine talk to me.
– R.E.M., World Leader Pretend

Cars carry us not only from place to place but situation to situation.
Genevieve Bell – Intel’s Intrepreter

Any technology that threatens to do three things always invokes a moral anxiety. If it threatens to rearrange our relationships to time, our relationships to space and our relationships to other people. And as soon as a technology has that potential we immediately imagine nothing good will come of it. And it is usually followed by phrases like ‘it will be the end of our society’, ‘it will be the death of our culture’, ‘have you seen what the young people are doing’. It’s never good.
– Genevieve Bell, Many Internets, many lives (James Tizard lecture)

I’ve come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to technologies:
1. Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.
2. Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.
3. Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things.
– Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt

Brother MFC

Embedded Tweets

Blockbuster stores over 30 years:

App – Apple TV – ATM – Chromecast – Computer – Drone – Machine – Planned Obsolescence – Obsolete – Relationships – Smart – Technology

List of obsolete technologies


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