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The best technologies really, truly do disappear. You see it. Just 40 years ago a computer fit in this room, now it fits in my pocket.

Jack Dorsey (via PandoDaily)

Or on our wrists, and in our eyes.  Soon enough, technology will get embedded into our bodies and the NSA will really know everything about us. 

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Are We Still On?

We’re always on.  

Just because you stepped away from the computer and got outside doesn’t mean you fully embraced disconnectedness.

In fact, you’re more likely to be head down browsing the Internet on your mobile phone, chatting with friends, taking a selfie or food shot and uploading it to Instagram, or playing a mindless game.   

This is the culture we live in.  This is the culture of hyper interconnectedness and ubiquitous entertainment we all helped build.  We’re never bored but we’re ever more distracted.   

Contrary to popular opinion, mobile addiction isn’t the new smoking.  But we need to moderate our use kind of like we did five years ago when the devices weren’t Internet-connected.  

“We shape our tools, and thereafter our tools shape us.” – Marshall McLuhan

Let’s face it:  Constant connectedness is a problem.  The phone threatens to converge all our attention and replace our eyes.  Screens are augmenting reality so that the pure world becomes fake.

Google Glasses is an amazing piece of technology, virtually a Smartphone for the eyes, but it’s only going to make screen culture worse.  We’ll record everything and remember nothing.  We’ll have face to face conversations without ever truly looking at each other and having a genuine conversation. 

A second digital self is emerging.  We all risk turning into machines.  

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs 

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The End of Car Culture

A study last year found that driving by young people decreased 23 percent between 2001 and 2009. The millennials don’t value cars and car ownership, they value technology — they care about what kinds of devices you own

We don’t need a car.

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Will people walk down the street and talk to themselves on a phone?   

The first cell phone call changed everything, that is until Steve Jobs completely reinvented it into a handheld computer.  Now the question is:  Will people ever look up again?