Nicholas Carr on the automated future

“Industrialization didn’t turn us into machines, and automation isn’t going to turn us into automatons. We’re not that simple. But automation’s spread is making our lives more programmatic.”

When we outsource our chance to think, we lose out on the chance to build brain cells critical for generating new ideas. We also become less creative and more straightforward and predictable, like Google maps:

“Google filters out serendipity in favor of insularity. It douses the infectious messiness of a city with an algorithmic antiseptic.”

Nicholas Carr, The Glass Cage: Automation and Us

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