Saturday, March 26, 2005

Douglas Adams on Technology

Here's some brief, witty commentary on technology from Douglas Adams. These snippets can be found in The Salmon of Doubt, which I just finished reading.
  1. Anything that is in the world when you're born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.
  2. Anything that's invented between when you're fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.
  3. Anything invented after you're thirty-five is against the natural order of things.

We notice things that don't work. We don't notice things that do. We notice computers, we don't notice pennies. We notice e-book readers, we don't notice books.

We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works. How do you recognize something that is still technology? A good clue is if it comes with a manual.

2 comments:

Tirsden Frozenrayn said...

Crap. Thirty-five? That's not all that far away. Will I be thinking the XBox 3 or 4 is against the natural order of things? *shudders*

LONG LIVE THE GAMER! I'll be playing even when the arthritis makes every button-push torture. Maybe they'll have cured arthritis by then. I can only hope.

Luddite Geek said...

XBox 3 or 4.... Hmmm, maybe it'll be like that game they play on Red Dwarf -- "Better Than Life." Whoa.

I suppose we'll see either a cure for arthritis or a controller that plugs into your brain. I really think the second one is more likely. Already there's a device that can react to brain signals. It was designed for those paralyzed from the neck down.

Some days, I wish someone would make something to help those paralyzed from the neck up. ;-)