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Nicholas Carr on the religion of technology

Below is a snippet from technology and culture writer Nicholas Carr’s new book Utopia is Creepy, based on the collective musings of his popular blog Rough Type, where he writes about the craving for everything technology, including the way it’s become a religion and the way we think of it as the be-all and end-all for solving all the world’s problems.

“So began my argument with – what should I call it? There are so many choices: the digital age, the information age, the internet age, the computer age, the connected age, the Google age, the emoji age, the cloud age, the smartphone age, the data age, the Facebook age, the robot age, the posthuman age. The more names we pin on it, the more vaporous it seems. If nothing else, it is an age geared to the talents of the brand manager. I’ll just call it Now.”

Read more: ‘The World Wide Cage

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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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Twitter has revealed that brevity and verbosity are not always antonyms.

— Nicholas Carr
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The Internet is the new predator.  The only way to encode data is to focus so we can make short-term attention stick in the long-term.

Many of us (including myself) are thinking like computers.  Pay attention and “control your mind.”  

And take a break now and again. Walk without a connection.