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The rebirth of calm: Why we need technology with manners

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Damion Gutierrez
Jun 03, 2016 22:11
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Now there s a good chance that your screens – your smartwatch, your phone, your browser tabs – are pregnant with at least four unread notifications.

It s kind of like comic strip The Family Circus, except all of your objects are now children and they re shouting at you, says Case.

The future implications of this connected dystopia are evident every time someone complains online that they can t log into Google Calendar on their smart fridge, or a hacker manages to leak live images from a baby monitor.

The ideal calm tech is like electricity: it works, is easy to access when you need it, and is able to disappear into the background so you can focus on more important things.

Think, for example, of the dashboard light that reminds you to fill your car with petrol, or the whistle of a kettle when tea is ready.

But she thinks the broader value of calmness may prove important across cultures.

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