Entries Tagged as 'prophecy'

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

The Human Resistance

Technology has gotten so good at degrading people, even its creators are starting to have enough.       Last year I had what you could call an existential crisis. This psychological hangover was induced by the dissolution of an app I’d launched, which had amassed millions of users but not enough money to keep it […]

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

An App For Love

By maximizing efficiency, technology has transformed dating into a routine for the acquisition of sex. Love has been, literally, written out of the code for a generation afraid to catch feelings. . . . Death. The future, as per usual, arrived first in Japan. Last year fewer babies were born in Japan than any year on record. […]

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Engineers in the Mist

 5 Days & Nights With Startup Millennials in San Francisco.     THURSDAY MORNING: San Francisco’s Hottest Zip Code . “Our power was out this morning,” The text message from S, the 27-year-old CTO of a fashion startup in San Francisco reads, “And hopefully it is back on now but… ?” In Los Angeles, I receive this […]

Monday, April 20th, 2015

UX Cruelty

Don’t blame it on the algorithm — assuming you’re designing experiences for “happy, upbeat, good-life users” might make you a terrible person.   My friend is going through a divorce. Like nearly 5 million other Americans. And recently Facebook greeted her with this careless user experience:   When this UX intrusion happened to her, it reminded me of a similar, […]

Friday, March 20th, 2015

SXSW 2015: The End of Techno-Joy

  Art by: Sue Zola   I used to be pretty excited about technology. I’ve worked in social media since before the term existed; I co-created an app, I wrote pretty rah-rah-tech essays that people liked, like “Why Iron Man is the First 21st Century Superhero” (hint: his relationship to tech). I, like you, side-eyed wet blankets like […]