The Problem with Technological Ignorance ➝

Samuel Arbesman, writing for Slate:

This is a problem. When some trivialize technological complexity, even inadvertently, we distance ourselves from the software and hardware that surrounds us. This ignorance—not of how things work, but even the very fact that things are far more complex than we might realize—can make us lose a sense of wonder at technology. We begin by losing an appreciation for its complexity, and end with shortchanging the very people who are constructing these technologies.

I often joke with my fiancée about how we live in the future. We have these little devices that fit in the palm of our hands that are capable of so much — it’s just incredible. But none of it would be possible without thousands of years worth of technological advancement.