We humans use technology–digital or analog–to outsource our brainwork. Calculators mean we don’t have to remember the times table anymore; calendars track our schedules; Diigo means I don’t have to remember where I read that dang article (or flip through stacks of file cards).
Does this outsourcing have limits? Your Futurist Friday assignment: contemplate that question as you watch this video (2.5 min). Can we outsource forethought, compassion, even romance, to a digital device? Do we want to be bossed around by what Rob Walker has dubbed “Nanny Devices?”
(And, would those flowers mean as much to her if she knew his digital assistant suggested he buy them?)