July 24, 2012

The Intermeth



Fun test: How are these arguments different from the arguments of, say, Mexican drug lords?
.."But what he said he believed was that people already craved dopamine and that Silicon Valley was no more responsible for creating irresistible technologies than, say, fast-food restaurants were responsible for making food with such wide appeal.
“They’d say: ‘Do we have any responsibility for the fact people are getting fat?’ Most people would say ‘no,’ ” said Mr. Schiermeyer (of Zynga). He added: “Given that we’re human, we already want dopamine.”
Along those lines, Scott Kriens, chairman of Juniper Networks, one of the biggest Internet infrastructure companies, said the powerful lure of devices mostly reflected primitive human longings to connect and interact, but that those desires needed to be managed so they did not overwhelm people’s lives.
 “The responsibility we have is to put the most powerful capability into the world,” he said. “We do it with eyes wide open that some harm will be done. Someone might say, ‘Why not do so in a way that causes no harm?’ That’s naïve.”
“The alternative is to put less powerful capability in people’s hands and that’s a bad trade-off,” he added..

2 Comments:

Blogger Laird of Madrona said...

Link fail...

July 24, 2012 at 1:42 PM  
Blogger Laird of Madrona said...

I wouldn't know, since I've never heard the arguments of Mexican drug lords. When do they have their conference to talk about the harm their business does?

July 24, 2012 at 5:40 PM  

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