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.

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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?

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Lieutenant, is there a six-foot bat in Gotham City? These days we could use both the reporter who posed the famous question in the 1989 film and the Batman. 2016 saw thousands stirred to civic duty; the resulting two years have stirred still more people to dig deep for truth as emotions become opinions and opinions become ideological foundations and ideologies become campaigns. The truth might seed a return to civility; civility does not benefit today’s campaigns and faces a deadly resistance.

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