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“Papa! No working! No work!”

February 15, 2011 Leave a comment

“Papa! No working! No work!” an exasperated¬†Zack exclaims.

His stuffed bear, dizzy from its recent shaking, refuses to produce technology.

Zack¬†has expectations. And they’re based in technology. Deeply seated expectations: movement, light, sound, even voice recognition. He’s come to expect it. And this stuffed piece of quasi realistic bear is falling short of the mark. Patiently, his dad explains, “Zack, it’s a stuffed animal. It doesn’t do anything.” A pause. Then, “Papa – not working!”

What is the value of technology? Can we only assess value when the technology is missing (or not working properly)? I share Zack’s exasperation. There is a bit of Wi-Fi saturation at school, and at home. Devices that responded as quickly as I could type are now lagging.

It feels like the rapid expansion of technical complexity is folding in on itself – making mischief among the devices.

Complexity is wondrous. It can be as captivating as the patterning of a barrel cactus bloom. With layers of symmetry inviting your speculations about geometry.

And equally challenging.

I know one thing though: I want to go forward.

Like Zack, I have expectations.

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