I'm lucky to be of the "bridge generation" that remembers life before the internet, yet has adjusted to and even embraced life with it. I typed my high school papers, but just a few years later wrote my college thesis on a computer as large as my car. It's been fascinating.

I design software systems (UX/interaction design for those who know the lingo) and I also think a lot about culture, technology, and the human experience. We make the tech that we surround ourselves with, but to some extent it also makes us. What does that mean for our future as humans? Who are we becoming in the age of 'likes' and 'follows'?

Collected here are assorted articles and talks that have helped me to frame better questions and ponder better answers.

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"Technology in the workplace is as much about power and control as it is about productivity and efficiency." > The Machines Are Coming http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/19/opinion/sunday/the-machines-are-coming.html

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We still need a "theatrics of volition" i.e. giving users the illusion that they, not tech, are still in control > https://medium.com/re-form/back-stage-at-the-machine-theater-530f973db8d2

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Scholar Discovers Hidden Annotations in a Welsh Manuscript >> http://hyperallergic.com/197760/scholar-discovers-hidden-annotations-in-a-welsh-manuscript/

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Great talk! > How we feel about algorithms depends on if we see them as tool, or as friend | http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/2015/04/Zittrain

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Beware the "alibi of photocopies" (or today, bookmarks) ... Umberto Eco on writing a thesis, 1977 >> http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/a-guide-to-thesis-writing-that-is-a-guide-to-life

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A sad, insightful take on digital selfhood. The Future of Loneliness: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/apr/01/future-of-loneliness-internet-isolation

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Looks fascinating >> Our Own Devices: Tools of the Humanities http://devicessymposium.mit.edu/

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On the importance and implications of studying technology non-use | ACM Interactions http://interactions.acm.org/archive/view/march-april-2015/on-the-importance-and-implications-of-studying-technology-non-use

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"Science and technology have become so pervasive and distorted, they have turned into a new type of theology" http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/01/the-cathedral-of-computation/384300/