This year’s Christmas present from my son, Brendan, was a book titled: Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life https://speedbird.wordpress.com/my-books/ by Adam Greenfield. With a glance at the Table of Contents, I thought the book will be a resource for the NoSlackr blog.
The first chapter is the Smartphone – the network of the self. Since I use my iPhone a lot, it made sense to write about the technology I use daily. I am a big fan of apps with good design and practical use, such as paying for coffee, ordering at my favorite restaurant, or purchasing an airline ticket and boarding a flight.
The author, Adam Greenfield, states: “We find that a great many of the things city dwellers once relied upon to manage everyday life as recently as ten years ago have by now been subsumed by a single object, the mobile phone. This single platform swallowed most all the other things people once had floating around in their pockets and purses, and in so doing, it became something else entirely.” I agree. My large purse from 10+ years ago is in the past. I travel light these days – iPhone, keys, lip balm.
Adam also reminds us that there is a price for using this radical technology: sharing our data and privacy. So “yes,” my iPhone is too smart!