18 July 2012

Douglas Adams on how we think about technology

Way back in 1999, Douglas Adams penned this great piece on How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Internet

It's a great way to view technology. Gist of which is:

  1. Everything that's already in the world when you're born is just normal
  2. Anything that gets invented between then and before you turn thirty is incredibly exciting and creative and with any luck you can make a career out of it
  3. Anything that gets invented after you're thirty is against the natural order of things and the beginning of the end of civilisation as we know it until it's been around for about ten years when it gradually turns out to be alright really
Now apply this list to movies, rock music, word processors, TV, phones, the internet, mobile apps, multi-player games, smart phones and your age is bound to show.

If not physical, your mental age for sure *<):o)

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