Friendship

A Reading Note

First authorship, then friendship:

What computerized analysis of all the country’s school tests has done to education is exactly what Facebook has done to friendships. In both cases, life is turned into a database. Both degradations are based on the same philosophical mistake, which is the belief that computers can presently represent human thought or human relationships. These are things computers currently cannot do.

Lanier, You Are Not a Gadget, page 69

I’ll take this a step further: these are things computers should not do. Technology is supposed to improve our lives, not replace them.

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