In the 1950s and 1960s, there was boundless hope in technology. The possibilities were endless, but a common theme was improving human life and freeing us from the mundane and trivial to pursue ambitious goals. The hope was to do things that had never been done before. The belief was that it was possible.
It is clear we have fallen short of this lofty vision.
We seem to have traded away our independence for convenience. Our freedom extends only as long as the batteries in the devices we carry. Large monopolies know more about us than our closest friends and family. Users, on average, pick up their phone about 100 times a day, or once every 10 minutes. With companies working harder than ever to design more addictive products and services, this number does not seem likely to decrease.
We should consider deeply the future we are shaping. The future is not defined, and we have the power to change it.