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Their Own Devices (24 Dec 2004)
I remember watching a presentation on the 'digital nomad', which was the concept of individuals being ubiquitously wired with all data at their fingertips. A digital nomad could wander the woods, constantly aware of their position, weather conditions, possible dangers tagged by location, and check the lastest sports scores to boot. Beneath this vision was the philosophy that self-sufficiency was the ultimate of goals, and that we are best off when we depend on others only in rare and abstract ways (you still need people to populate those databases). This is 'central heat' taken to the extreme, and it makes me wonder at times whether there is a different direction for technology that could encourage us to interact and rely on each other in productive ways.
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