#TheScalaReport: Possible transformation of mankind into Big Tech (bot) co-dependents & What is to be done? Chris Riegel, CEO Scala.com #ScalaAPS @STRATACACHE @ScalaInc

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#TheScalaReport: Possible transformation of mankind into Big Tech (bot) co-dependents & What is to be done?  Chris Riegel, CEO Scala.com #ScalaAPS @STRATACACHE @ScalaInc

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07503-w

In his 1909 short story The Machine Stops, E. M. Forster imagined a future in which people live in isolation underground, their needs serviced by an all-powerful ‘machine’. Human activity consists mainly of remote communication — face-to-face interaction is frowned upon. Ultimately, the title of the story plays out: the machine stops, civilization collapses, and the future of humanity is left to the surface-dwellers who avoided dependency.

The story has been lauded not only for its prescient imagining of something like our hyperconnected Internet age, but also for its insights into the human impact of an all-powerful technology. We are now starting to grapple with similar questions. What do we lose when we cede autonomy to technology? Are we becoming dependent on it? And what is digital technology doing to our minds?