News / Tech Philosophy

Will Augmented Reality Make Smartphones a Thing of the Past?

Just ten years ago, the idea that nearly everyone would carry around a pocket-sized device that could access the internet, send emails, make video calls, and manage your stock portfolio might have been difficult to imagine. Yet smartphones, after quickly replacing those ancient flip-phones that were once all the rage, are now a tangible reality. …

Opinion / Tech Philosophy

Five Ways Automation Might Change The World

We’ve all heard the stories and speculation about the growing use of automation in every aspect of our lives. From self-driving cars to factories that barely need human intervention, the rate at which we’re able to replace actual human workers with a technological process seems to be growing exponentially. And all of this can be …

Opinion / Reviews

Inertia and Entropy in our Habits

Vincent Deary’s book (and first of a planned trilogy) How We Are deals with the subject of changing our habits. The central thread is that we are creatures of daily habit, practitioners of routines that really change largely upon a disruption from outside ourselves. Oftentimes, in coming to the decision to become a …

Tech Philosophy

Technological Marxism

I love a heady title that gives way to something more benign, but no less important. People love to appropriate social commentary and ideological movements from centuries past; Marxism is as common a target as some kind of mislabeled Darwinism. Let’s dive right in: technological innovation has, in many ways, matched material and economic conditions …