We shouldn’t fix everything (even if we could)

While tech billionaires set out to cure disease and save the world, Jim Kozubek argues that “making ourselves too perfect could mean our doom”.

Why fix everything?

“In evolution everything is grasping for its purpose.” 

In a recent Aeon article (Billionaires say they’ll end disease: evolution says otherwise)  he points out that humans are not machines to be bug fixed and optimised.  Genetic variation is important and brings long term benefits.

“In evolution, everything is grasping for its purpose. Parts that break down can become the next best thing.” Jim Kozubek

Review of SMART and Interview with IndieReader

Here’s the link to the interview I did last year with IndieReader, which they kindly published over the holiday period.

Joel Mentmore on finding inspiration in the Early European History section of the British Museum when his smartphone died

 

I  was a particularly tardy blogger towards the end of last year and realise that I probably haven’t posted the link to the terrific review of SMART which IndieReader published earlier last year.

Indiereader’s final verdict:

SMART is an intriguing and thoughtful exploration of smart technology, of human tools and their effect, real and potential, on human society, wrapped up in a clever and entertaining story.

Cortana: The spy in Windows 10 | Computerworld

Cortana: Smart, Cool But Creepy
Cortana: Smart, Cool But Creepy

Cortana, Windows 10’s built-in virtual assistant, is both really cool and really creepy.

Source: Cortana: The spy in Windows 10 | Computerworld

Expect more of this kind of article.  Behind the chrome skin of the shiny, new, smart personal assistants may not be anything more sinister than a land-grab for personal information, but gradually (creepingly), we seem to become more vulnerable to whatever they evolve into, whether that evolution is by design, or by mistake.