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Technological Conservatism

John Siracusa, Hypercritical

…ideas should not be rejected based merely on a lifetime of having lived without them. Today’s “unnecessary” frill is tomorrow’s baseline.

One of my favorite writers and podcasters, John Siracusa, recently published this brilliant article addressing those who are skeptical of modern technology. “Who needs that?” is a phrase I hear far too often when it comes to consumer electronics. The short answer is that sometimes it’s not about need. It’s about want. A desire to make something cool, to push the boundaries, and to advance technology and humankind. Imagine where we would be today without that kind of spirit?