Illustration of Derek Powazek by Adam Ellis

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I’ve been thinking about something lately. What do you call it when you voluntarily give up control of some piece of your life, because technology makes it easier? For example:

  • Automatic transmission cars. Give up a little control, gain a little less to worry about.
  • Email filters. Save me from spam, even if it’s not always perfect.
  • TiVo. Perfect example. Just tape stuff you think I’ll like, ok?

There are more examples every day. In a way, the march of technology is all about the speed at which it takes over the little things we used to do ourselves. Personally, I remember having to take my own messages, have computers and phones tied to land lines, and look up information in card catalogs. I wonder what things I do now that someday some new technology will do for me?

What do you think the phenomenon should be called?


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