David Byrne, writing for the MIT Technology Review:
For us as a society, less contact and interaction—real interaction—would seem to lead to less tolerance and understanding of difference, as well as more envy and antagonism. As has been in evidence recently, social media actually increases divisions by amplifying echo effects and allowing us to live in cognitive bubbles. We are fed what we already like or what our similarly inclined friends like (or, more likely now, what someone has paid for us to see in an ad that mimics content). In this way, we actually become less connected—except to those in our group.
In a similar vein to yesterday’s post, David Byrne also has some thoughts on a world shaped by technology. The possibility of a world with even less human interaction is a scary thought.