Nonsense At Work

#935: The smarter your phone, the dumber you are

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protect-from-joyDid you know that the smarter your phone, the dumber you are? I didn’t know that either until I made it up. Even though I made it up, I suspect there is some truth in it.

The more we rely on technology, the less we bother to think for ourselves. The less we think, the more our ability to reason withers away. The less we reason, the more we blindly rely on technology. The more we trust technology, the less often we do basic sanity checks. Without basic sanity checks, errors creep in, mistakes happen and failure follows.

Not so long ago technology was held in check by a skeptical generation. I once watched an older boss add a budget column with a calculator, frown, and check the result by adding the column mentally. He would never have blindly steered wherever his GPS instructed.

Do I have a smart phone? Of course!


Every week, and often every day, the Chief Nonsense Officer expresses his opinion on a regional public radio (NPR) station somewhere. The above podcast is the radio version.
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