So Appy Together
When I ask Turkle how she’d feel about a device that could do all that for her, she lets out a laugh.“Could youimagine the feelings of intense connection and gratitude, bordering on profound love?” she says. “It would be almost impossible not to love them.”
At which point, I get the chills. You see, it makes me anxious to think about it, but the truth is, I know I want that, too. The allure of knowing so much about myself — even if it means being inextricably linked to a tiny gadget in my pocket — is too strong. When the time comes, I’m going to surrender.
Turkle says that as the technology advances, we’re going to have to figure out how to deal with such a reality. “We have to learn how to exert a certain kind of discipline to remember that these devices don’t care about us. That they don’t love us. That they’re not looking out for us. That there’s nobody home.”
Welcome to the next stage of human evolution: playing out in the palm of our hands.