While I am far from a Luddite who fetishizes a life without tech, we need to consider the consequences of this latest batch of apps and tools that remind us to contact significant others, boost our willpower, provide us with moral guidance, and encourage us to be civil. Taken together, we’re observing the emergence of tech that doesn’t just augment our intellect and lives — but is now beginning to automate and outsource our humanity.
But let’s take a concrete example. Instead of doing the professorial pontification thing we tech philosophers are sometimes wont to do, I talked to the makers of BroApp, a “clever relationship wingman” (their words) that sends “automated daily text messages” to your significant other. It offers the promise of “maximizing” romantic connection through “seamless relationship outsourcing.”
[wired.com...] As they say... "There's an app for that..." I'm looking for the one that pays all the bills without me having to actually work...
Those that were brought up surrounded by this latest tech are the ones that will lose out most.
I'd like to believe in human nature in that "they" will learn in later life that there really is something special in putting the tech away and actually talking to other people face-to-face. One can learn so much from that activity.