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Brady Hurlburt

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November 19, 2020
Book cover

To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism by Evgeny Morozov.

The first half of the book covers three points:

Toward the second half of the book, he drills in on a more specific and interesting proposal. Morosov implores technologists to build technologies that make us think more about the complex structures of the world around us, not less. Most design strives to hide complexity and make the mechanics invisible to the user; Morosov proposes the opposite. We could design lamps and toasters that behave erratically when we are using too much power and parking meters that make us choose what to do with the leftover time. Instead, nudges and gamifications guide us into pre-determined paths and rob us of daily opportunities to consider the collective consequences of our actions.

He gives two examples of that last point: