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toward a trapdoor labeled unintended consequences
by noteworthy at 7:20 am EST, Dec 8, 2014

Kevin Kelly:

This is the time that folks in the future will look back at and say, "Oh to have been alive and well back then!"

Ryan Bigge:

Each episode of Black Mirror hits the reset button, taking place in a unique future universe with a fresh set of actors. Creator Charlie Brooker likes to start with a provocative but recognizable piece of design fiction and then guides the viewer toward a trapdoor labeled unintended consequences. In the episode "The Entire History of You" we watch a jealous husband unable to stop himself from discovering a secret he might be better off not knowing. It's an effective critique of where lifelogging and Facebook might take us, in part because Brooker is able to make such a vivid emotional argument.

Christina Hendricks:

No man should be on Facebook.

Taylor Swift:

I have to stop myself from thinking about how many aspects of technology I don't understand.


The breakthrough came when we started thinking about the components in the system as malicious actors colluding via covert channels.

William Langewiesche:

Automation has made it more and more unlikely that ordinary airline pilots will ever have to face a raw crisis in flight -- but also more and more unlikely that they will be able to cope with such a crisis if one arises. Moreover, it is not clear that there is a way to resolve this paradox.

Michael Hobbes:

We all understand that every ecosystem, each forest floor or coral reef, is the result of millions of interactions between its constituent parts, a balance of all the aggregated adaptations of plants and animals to their climate and each other. Adding a non-native species, or removing one that has always been there, changes these relationships in ways that are too intertwined and complicated to predict.

Samantha Power:

There are great benefits to connectedness, but we haven't wrapped our minds around the costs.

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