Like the lady who swallowed the fly, this techno-amiable public has a problem. There’s too much tech and not enough grown-up minds to handle it! Now we’re working hard to invent the spider, bird, cat and dog to catch those tech flies… It’s the drones that have done it! A new era hasn’t arrived with a bang but the need can’t be avoided and that’s pointing us down another road, what do we do with all this crap when it’s obsolete!?
Think about what it took to get smartphones so normal that the idea of a cell phone company not offering a smartphone seems silly. Some news articles point to the idea that everything exists now if a person were rich enough that they could be the whiz to put drones, day and night, into our daily lives. Our culture then could be as defined by drone traffic overhead as it already is by cell phones today. I’m not saying I like it but I’m saying we need to confront our feelings about it now because barring the improbable likelihood of some catastrophic event knocking drone dreams out of the sky, they’re coming. And I’d say in a about a decade.
Technology isn’t keeping its nouveau riche weirdness to itself. Without distractions, the public and the voters will notice what politicians have already picked up on: Tech’s money dance exists, but for how much longer?
Not everything scales up well. Unpoliced social networks breed hate counter to the designers’ goals.
Deeply related to RETAIL in the news items whether online or by brick and mortar is the current chapter of beloved bookseller Barnes&Noble. Its throes litter the tech and economic sections of the paper. Lessons can be learned by other retail news (Amazon and Walmart for example) if B&N is to stay bright. If it can’t or doesn’t, modern trends and retro crazes it could cater too will instead fuel the replacements small enough to react.