Coping, not coding - social infrastructure in an algorithmic world

Rachel Coldicutt, CEO of UK technology think tank Dot Everyone, uses this three-part essay to at the way technological innovation has provided plenty of fresh opportunities but isn't always catering for user's needs. She argues that technology creates individualism and calls for a rethink of the shared amenities that communities need to thrive and survive.

Key quote? "Our relationship with our smartphones is increasingly individualistic and is insulating us from the world around us. Or, as one of our research respondents put it, “If you painted a picture of the street everyone would be looking down at a phone — I find it weird and sad." The one takeaway? 50% of people think the Internet is very good for people like them, but only 12% of people think it is very good for society. Both numbers were much lower than I expected.

Key takeaway? Only 50% of people think the Internet is very good for people like them, but only 12% of people think it is very good for society — much less than I thought.

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