Sufficiently Advanced Technology

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” –Arthur C. Clarke

I’m always using the word technology wrong. At least that’s what people tell me. I say it in the annoyingly abstract way that doesn’t reference circuit boards or quantum mechanics. I’m almost never talking about 3D televisions or phones or drones.

For just a moment, I’d like to reflect on how far the capabilities of our devices have advanced and how quickly it has done so. It’s amazing in itself, but the real jaw dropper is comparing that advancement to the relative stagnation of our softer social and interpersonal skills. They haven’t come close to keeping up.

Those fuzzier, more abstract things are my preferred  definition of technology. Even when I look at Merriam-Webster, I don’t see the traditional definition helping me out much.

Developers, coders, hardware-designers and device makers are everywhere, but where are the social and cultural technologists? Where are the cultural coders who are developing platform-agnostic, process-efficient, user-experience driven social technology?

Sure, there are self-help books and blogs. Courses, webinars and speakers that are all ready to drop some heavy knowledge about shoring-up the way we live together. But they’ve far from kept pace with our other advances.

The world is changing so quickly and we need you!

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