#ShowerThoughts I'm starting to regret being such a cheerleader for the utopia of digital convergence. Anyone else starting to think that the transition to doing everything digitally would have been best done over 50 years, instead of 25, with a bit more risk assessment and forward planning by everyone involved?

@strypey What are cases of technological introductions in which the risk assessment and mitigation part(s) were done correctly? Has that ever even happened?

Genetic engineering comes to mind. At least they tried, with the 1975 Asilomar Conference:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asilomar

I mean, hell, Gutenberg's press blew up Europe (and the Catholic Church) for a century or four.

@dredmorbius @strypey

Technological innovation tends to lead to direct competitive advantage, even in academia (access to funding), and that leads to incentives to always push forwards as fast as possible. Ethics and morality puts one at a disadvantage, and even 'good' ppl jump the shark with an "we address that later" rationalisation.

Framing and framing effects are important too. I have objection to "digital transformation" hype as it is framed such as to de-emphasize the role of humans.

@dredmorbius @strypey

Just the mere words "digital transformation" imply we must transition to digital spaces, use tech just for the sake of using it.

But tech should be supportive to humans, empowering us while staying as unobtrusive as possible.

Maybe "digital alignment" or "human(e) alignment" might be better when talking about objectives where tech should be headed.

But "digital transformation" sells better and comes with many huge corporate IT projects that are shoved down our throat.

@dredmorbius @strypey

Digital transformation maps real well on 'being disruptive' and 'move fast and break things'. And the sales pitch goes a bit like: "We all wanna avoid those clumsy manual procedures. Digital [just] increases efficience, raises productivity, hence saves costs, raises ROI, and should thus be a no-brainer".

And with budgets being strained everywhere that is a powerful lure, especially for people not aware of the technical complexity and inevitable side-effects that'll come.

@dredmorbius @strypey

Regarding framing I am really digging terminology such as #SmallTech #SlowTech #CalmTech etcetera.

Just starting with these in any quest for improvements will immediately help improve the mindset with which the problems are analysed and tackled.

@dredmorbius @strypey

It's interesting to read these words and analyze how they affect your frame of mind.

If you're in tech maybe you are now rushed , stressed, overwhelmed, have a huge backlog of TODO's, plans, deadlines you set for yourself or placed upon you.

Now read each of these words slowly and reflect a bit on them:

- Small tech
- Slow tech
- Calm tech

Did they put you more at ease? Can you look differently on what you do today? Does it allow different perspective?

It does to me.

@humanetech Isn't this largely what all technology promises?

How do you ensure that tech stays small / slow / calm?

Promises are ... cheap.

Delivery is more formidable.

@strypey

@dredmorbius @strypey

This is not a promise, but an intention. It's just where it starts. And indeed worthless without real follow-up and action.

We see a trend of sustainable businesses that emerges. They might embed this in a manifesto and continuously monitor their compliance, so they can turn their intent into a promise as they deliver. By anchoring these values in their business.

Incentives might flow from a quest for sustainable income, which leaves more space to do things differently.

@humanetech You're aware of how the road to hell is paved?

It's not that I don't like the idea.

But I'm old and have seen far too many starry-eyed promises.

@strypey

@dredmorbius @strypey

Ha ha, I'm old too, and getting older faster than time progresses if I read all the negativity that's so easily available across all media channels.

But when allowing myself to open up to some positivity a whole new realm opens, and I see things I couldn't perceive before. Not a glorious road that seemingly leads to utopia, but more a winding pathway of hope that one can practice walking and do some useful things along the way :D

I focus not on success, just progress.

@dredmorbius @strypey

I say this casually but for me this insight has been kinda profound. As humane tech activist I was mostly focussed on raising problem awareness, as most people do. And it was utterly, thoroughly depressive. Especially seeing that most people get numb to all these urgent messages thrown at them. They tune out.

I became stressed out for their sake. Now for some time I adopted a solution mindset + allowed some positivity and optimism to take hold. It provides a way forward.

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The urge to fix is what I hate most about tech optimism. Sometimes things need to be destroyed because they are intrinsically bad things.

It's amazing how tech always wants to fix *itself* but gives few shits about maintenance or fixing of built up infrastructure or environment. Tech is always out in its driveway waxing its own classic car.

@dredmorbius @strypey

@olamina @dredmorbius @strypey

Well, the second part to that is not far from what I intended to say.

And destroying intrinsically bad things is also something worthy of pursuit. But not all is equally bad. If I land in hospital for instance, I am quite happy there's some tech to help fix me up :)

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