You can’t deny the Internet of Things is exciting. Some of our clients are already doing amazing things with connected gadgets. On the other hand, you have to wonder how much our puny attention spans can really handle keeping track of. At what point do we say, “Enough with the notifications already?”
This week, James and I interview… well, each other. We talk about both the promise and the perils of IoT, along with digital media more generally, having a little fun with a topic we both agree is important.
We cover issues like:
- What device James was shocked to find in his house that was connected to an app (on his wife’s phone)
- Whether it’s ever a good idea to leave your smart phone in the other room
- How the benefits of connected devices can make them sound surprisingly appealing
- When being online becomes little more than a giant time suck
- Why (and how) I manage without internet at home
- Why M.T. Anderson’s Feed is one of my favorite dystopian novels
- What it means that none of us know each other’s phone numbers
- Whether it’s tragic that future generations will supplant GPS skills for map-reading skills
- How IoT can potentially revolutionize manufacturing
- Why, despite how overwhelming IoT can seem, we can’t help getting excited about some of the applications—like motion sensors that give you video of who’s swimming in your pool
- How people have different preferences for either narrow, focused attention or diffuse, unfocused activities
- What impact having so many interruptions will have on our minds and our relationships
- How we each deal with FOMO
- What the difference is between online text and paper text (and the disappearance of cursive writing)
- Why you’ll remember the notes you handwrite better than the ones you type into a laptop
At points here, James and I sound like a couple of Luddites. But James is actually a big gadget buff. As for me, I’m a tech enthusiast as well, but I worry that we’re all a little (or a lot) too complacent when it comes to making sure our technology works for real people—instead of making people work for it.
What about you? Do you have any useful tricks for managing your or your family's time online? Hit up the comments section or send us your ideas at email@example.com.
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