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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'm Aptera's Content Strategist. I've been writing about tech and marketing for 5 years and have certifications from HubSpot and The Content Marketing Institute. A big science and literature geek, I taught college rhetoric and composition while I was still busy going to school for way too long, earning bachelor's degrees in anthropology and psychology, along with a master's in British and American literature. Look me up on LinkedIn.
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